Racine, WI (August 1, 2016) – United Way of Racine County announces grants in the amount of $2.2 million to 45 local health and human service programs. In all, United Way invests a total of $2,687,716 into the community which includes support for initiatives and special projects. Funds were made possible by the generosity of more than 7,650 individuals who donated to United Way of Racine County during the 2015 campaign.
The 2016-17 allocations ended a six-month process during which United Way community investment volunteers determined funding decisions. Volunteers evaluated programs on a weighted system based upon outcomes achievement (45%), value to community (20%), organizational capacity (15%), financial stability (15%), and United Way relationship (5%). “Sound stewardship of donor dollars starts with United Way’s commitment to transparency and accountability,” said Steve McLaughlin, chair of community investment committee and United Way board member. “Each year, our volunteers face difficult decisions to invest in the most effective programs for our community.”
The grant awards range from $1,500 to over $200,000. More than 500 volunteer hours were tracked during the investment process. Thirty-two local 501(c)3 health and human services agencies received funding. Funding was dispersed into five areas:
• Education: programs working to ensure children and youth achieve their potential through education.
• Income: programs working to prepare individuals and families to become financially stable and independent.
• Health: programs that help individuals achieve maximum physical, emotional, and mental health, and safety.
• Community Partners: programs and/or projects that help the community with continuous learning, development and networking and that support United Way’s community impact core strategies.
• Community School Services: programs that will serve students and parents in the Knapp Elementary School neighborhood.
Through its strategic planning process, United Way found that resources need to better reflect the issues of the community. Future funded programs and investments will align with strategies in education, income and health to address United Way’s issue focus 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. United Way will continue to support services that are vital to the immediate, basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, 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.