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United Way Funding Streams

Community Impact Fund
Nonprofits may choose to apply for special community impact grants in the areas of education, income and health. Nonprofits receiving these funds agree to become a partner with United Way and other nonprofits to address a specific critical area of concern in our community. Partners meet up to four times a year, find common measurable goals, and support each other in getting results. Generally partners agree to work on an initiative for three years but are assessed on a quarterly and annual basis by the volunteer led United Way Community Impact Committee.

Emergency Basic Needs Partners
Each year United Way works with multiple food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency rent/morgage/utility service providers to route much needed funds from government supports to people in need. Funds vary depending on Federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) yearly allocations. For more information contact

Local Presence Grants
These modest grants are designated for nonprofits who do not meet regularly with our education, income and health initiatives, yet provide critical services in those areas. Nonprofits are selected once a year by local community volunteers who also work year-round on fundraising initiatives for the Community Impact Fund. A small portion of the funds they raise go towards local presence grants. Strongest consideration is given to applications aligned with United Way’s work advancing early literacy for children and financial self-sufficiency for families, and to agencies that did not receive a Local Presence grant in 2017. Grant applications are due by 3pm, April 30, 2018. Download Application

Employee Designations
Some corporations run a United Way fundraising campaign which allows employees to designate their donation to specific local nonprofits and nonprofits outside of our area. Because we cannot provide any community-wide measurable results to these donations, many companies are choosing to focus on the Community Impact Fund instead. Despite this trend, United Way still raises about $5 million for other nonprofits through employee contributions. Unlike other areas, you do not need to be on a special list to receive funds through open campaigns. Employees simply write in your agency name and as long as your agency is a 501(c)(3) in good standing, you are elibible to receive designated funds.







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