The community investment process
Funds raised through United Way are distributed through a rigorous review process to ensure that investments are responsive to community needs and produce measurable results:
- United Way hosts consultations with donors and community members to find out where it can create the greatest impact. This determines funding priorities.
- Community volunteers review applications, meet with agencies to learn more about their proposed programs. They look at factors such as historical performance, board strength, program outcomes and overall agency capacity.
- After hearing all requests, the Community Investment Panel determines how available funds should be allocated and proposed recommendations to United Way’s Board of Directors.
- Following approval from the Board of Directors, the funds are distributed to community agencies for a three-year term, which provides stable funding.
- United Way follows up with agencies annually to ensure promised outcomes are being met.
Learn more about the community investment process on United Way's website.