New Funding Process Allows Agencies to Better Impact Communities, Services
United Way of the CSRA is inviting new agencies and organizations to participate in the community investment process. The funding process for 2015-2017 agency applications will allow unaffiliated organizations the opportunity to become United Way partners. This is part of United Way’s overall effort to direct community resources to areas of the greatest need while measuring accountability through outcomes.
The multi-year funding process will focus on programs, services, strategies, and collaborations that will address goals in four specific areas:
HELPING YOUTH SUCCEED:
- Youth will have the academic, job and social skills necessary to succeed.
PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
- Every person in our community will have the opportunity to achieve optimal health and wellness.
PROVIDING BASIC NEEDS:
- Residents will have their basic needs met for food, shelter and safety.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS:
- Families and individuals will become more self-sufficient and able to contribute to society.
United Way volunteers will prioritize funding based on programs that meet one or more of the above objectives. United Way will continue to significantly invest in a wide array of agency programs and services, with focus on programs achieving measurable outcomes.
“United Way continuously looks for programs that are making a measurable impact on CSRA residents,” said Zack Daffin, United Way Board Chair. “United Way donors expect their dollars to be invested in the strongest programs in the community. We know that today’s issues are far too complex for any individual, group, or institution to tackle alone. We must work together to develop effective partnerships.”
In order to be eligible to receive funding, an organization must meet all United Way eligibility requirements, including an established 501(c)(3) status, have an annual audit, demonstrate the capacity to provide services and programs in one or more of the four impact areas mentioned above, and serve residents of the CSRA.
United Way of the CSRA will be conducting a pre-application process for interested parties who meet eligibility requirements. Non-profit organizations are invited to attend a community presentation to learn more about becoming a partner agency. Presentations will be held at United Way on July 29 at 10:00 a.m., and August 12 at 10:00 a.m. Those interested in attending a presentation must RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 706-724-5544.
“The pre-application process will allow us to gain a better understanding of the types of programs that seek funding,” said Sam Tyson, Community Investment Committee Chair. “Although funding is limited, we are excited about the opportunity to increase the impact of United Way dollars in our community.”
Requirements for pre-application include but are not limited to:
- IRS Form 990
- Independent Local Audit for last 3 years
- 501(c)3 letter-must be at least 3 years old
- Non-discrimination policy
- Policies and Procedures
- Active local Board of Directors-meets at least quarterly
- Annual Report
- Current GA Fundraising Registration with Secretary of State