United Way of Racine County announces $2.3 million in community grants Racine

united way logoRacine, WI (July 30, 2015) – In 2014, nearly 9,000 individuals and 300 companies contributed to United Way of Racine County’s annual campaign. Because of this support, United Way was able to award $2,338,645 to 43 local health and human service programs. These funded programs provide essential services for Racine County residents in the areas of education, income and health. Including support for initiatives and special projects, United Way invests a total of more than $3.5 million into the community. The 2015-16 funding cycle investments were allocated as follows:
 Education: 24% of funding will be distributed to programs working to ensure children and youth achieve their potential through education.

 Income: 31% of funding will be distributed to programs working to prepare individuals and families to become financially stable and independent.

 Health: 44% of funding will be distributed to programs that help individuals achieve maximum physical, emotional, and mental health, and safety.

 Community Partners: 1% of funding will be distributed to programs that help the community with continuous learning, development and networking and that support United Way’s community impact core strategies.

 Western Racine County: approximately 13% of all United Way partner investments serves residents living in the western part of the county such as Burlington, Union Grove and Waterford.

United Way’s community investments process is supported by research and guided by its board of directors. “We are proud of the decisions made by our community investment volunteers and the services provided by our funded partners,” said Steve McLaughlin, vice chair of community investment. The community investment process is:

 Volunteer-led. A diverse pool of trained volunteers from Racine County lead the process by reviewing and evaluating program applications and making funding recommendations. Additionally, the board of directors, which is also comprised of volunteers, sets the strategic direction and approves all investment decisions.

 Data driven. Before any investment decisions are made, United Way studies community conditions and existing efforts to address the needs and potential for impact.

 Results-oriented. Agencies provide outcomes that demonstrate the value of its programs and alignment with the United Way outcomes framework.

 Comprehensive. The process combines a review of financial and administrative information and program evaluation.

 Ongoing. Programs are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure effectiveness.

United Way of Racine County is currently engaged in a strategic shift in its work. United Way’s new focus will employ strategies in education, income and health to affect the single, overarching issue of Building an Educated Workforce. “This is a bold and critical move in order to ensure a positive impact on Racine County and an effective investment of community dollars,” stated Rodney Prunty, president of United Way of Racine County. “United Way will continue to fund programs that are vital to the immediate, basic needs of the most vulnerable members of Racine County, while making long-term investments in high-quality, results-based programs that align with community goals.”
To see the full list of United Way partner programs, please visit www.unitedwayracine.org/com-invest. For more information, visit www.unitedwayracine.org or call 262-898-2240.