As many of you know, United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) adopted an “Impact Agenda” eight years ago. UWCFA volunteers establish outcome targets in one area of impact focus each year. Those impact areas are education, financial stability and health. Those targets are shared with nonprofit health and human service organizations throughout the Cape Fear area (New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties) and subsequent request for proposals are available for nonprofits interested in applying for a UWCFA grant.
Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer team that typically spends more than 300 hours over two and a half months in the spring to determine which programs should receive a UWCFA grant. Once those recommendations are approved by the UWCFA's volunteer board of directors, UWCFA uses the resources generated in its annual community campaign to invest in those programs for a three-year period. Quarterly reporting is provided to UWCFA to assure that each program that receives a UWCFA investment achieves an expected outcome.
This spring, UWCFA will be reviewing proposals addressing financial stability. The specific targets established for this investment cycle include: employability and jobs; transition to housing and housing stability; and basic needs. Based on letters of intent submitted by area nonprofits in December, UWCFA is expecting 30 proposals requesting in excess of $1.2 million. Our expectation is that virtually all of those proposals will be outstanding, hitting at least one of the established targets and providing exceptional outcomes that result in improving lives of citizens in our area. Based on where the UWCFA 2015 campaign is expected to finish in a few months, less than one-third of those programs will be granted an investment. This means that two-thirds of the programs that apply will be excluded – not because they don’t deserve funds, but because the money raised by the United Way community campaign is not enough to support them all.
Programs addressing financial stability issues in which UWCFA is currently making investments include:
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