United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) has begun its three-month long Community Impact investment process for local nonprofit programs that provide programs that help local people become financially stable. This impact area assists local individuals and families who are transitioning from financial crisis to financial stability so that they may begin to lead self-sufficient, healthy lives. UWCFA’s Community Impact investment process will set targets and review grant applications for the health and education impact areas over the next two years. UWCFA investments are granted for a three-year period, which means that each impact area is addressed every three years.
While UWCFA community impact programs are diverse in terms of the needs they address, they have a number of other factors in common. First, they use proven, research-based service techniques that produce documented outcomes that change lives in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Second, their services target issues in the impact areas of education, financial stability and health, which have been determined to be the most critical by volunteers who live and work within the Cape Fear region. Third, each program has been carefully vetted by volunteers through a competitive investment process totally unique to UWCFA. More than 300 volunteer hours are spent annually during the Community Impact investment process to assess needs, research applicant programs and make funding decisions based on a sophisticated grant evaluation system.
Currently, UWCFA volunteers have received 30 separate grant requests totaling more than $1.2 million. Programs competing for Community Impact funds include:
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