United Way of the Coastal Empire believes that everyone deserves access to a quality education, stable employment, and good health.
That’s why United Way invests donor contributions to the Community Fund in three impact areas:
- Education & Youth Development – Helping children and youth achieve their potential
- Economic Independence – Advancing financially stable individuals and families
- Health & Wellness – Improving health for all
United Way is also committed to ensuring that people in our community who are experiencing crisis due to homelessness, financial distress, or disaster have their most basic human needs met, such as food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Providing fundamentals to those in crisis has been and always will be at the core of our work, and our funded programs will continue to integrate basic needs into their services to achieve meaningful outcomes for our community.
For 2016, United Way supported 101 programs at 63 non-profit organizations across our four-county service area.
These organizations are recipients of program funding which is made possible by thousands of donors who contribute to the Community Fund during United Way’s annual campaign.
All program funding recipients are vetted through a rigorous evaluation process whereby trained Investment Volunteers, assisted by United Way staff, assess organizational capacity, financial stewardship, program outcomes, service quality, and accessibility. For information about serving as an Investment Volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once funded, United Way holds each program accountable to achieving specific outcomes by using standard performance measurements that must be tracked and reported back to United Way throughout the funding cycle. To further support our funded programs, United Way offers regular workshops for organizational and program development, as well as training about our funding priorities and evaluation process.