For the first time since 2010, United Way of the CSRA is inviting new agencies and organizations to participate in the community investment process.
The agency pre-application process begins July 29 and will allow currently unaffiliated organizations the opportunity to become United Way partners.
“It’s definitely exciting to bring new organizations in that we haven’t already partnered with,” said Brooke Steele, United Way’s community impact director. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity to increase our donors’ impact beyond what we’re currently funding.”
The areas of high priority, Steele said, include helping local youths succeed, promoting health and wellness, strengthening families, and providing basic needs such as food, shelter and safety.
United Way volunteers will prioritize funding based on programs that meet at least one of those objectives.
“United Way continuously looks for programs that are making a measurable impact on CSRA residents,” said board Chairman Zack Daffin. “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.”
Before 2010, it had been 15 years since the United Way of the CSRA invited new agencies and organizations to become partners.
In 2010, United Way gained six new agencies, but Steele said there is no set number for 2014.
“We don’t have a specific number in mind,” she said. “We don’t even know how many will apply. With that being said, United Way has some of the strongest requirements of any funder, so we conduct a pre-application process to allow agencies to be thoroughly aware of what’s all involved. Our relationship with agencies is an ongoing partnership, not a one-time funding award.”
To be eligible to receive funding, an organization must have established 501(c)(3) status, an annual audit and demonstrate the capacity to provide programs that will positively affect area residents.
“The pre-application process will allow us to gain a better understanding of the types of programs that seek funding,” said Sam Tyson, the community investment committee chairman. “Although funding is limited, we are excited about the opportunity to increase the impact of United Way dollars in our community.”