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Meeting the Needs

Last Thursday was the deadline for nonprofit programs to submit their applications for United Way grants for 2009-2010. This year we received applications for 41 programs from 25 agencies. (We fund programs and not agencies, so an agency can apply for grants for several programs.) Included in that number are 10 new programs from those we funded last year – although this group includes a couple of programs we have funded in the past, and they either did not apply for a grant last year or did not receive a grant for one reason or another.

The big numbers to focus on are these:

  • This year the requests total $903,735.
  • Last year the requests totaled $745,537.
  • Last year we were able to provide $654,500 in grants.

Our all-volunteer Program Review and Funding Committee (PR&FC) will soon begin their weekly three-hour meetings to begin reviewing the grant applications. They will spend countless hours over the next four months carefully reviewing program goals and outcomes as well as financial stability. Our goal is to support the most effective and efficient local programs that serve community members with the greatest need, or at the greatest risk, per our mission. Our four focus areas are Successful Kids in Strong Families, Access to Health & Wellness, Achieving Self-Sufficiency and Strengthening Community.

We also have several programs and collaborations that are run from within the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area: Child Care Scholarships; the Volunteer Center; Information & Referral; RxRelief Prescription Assistance Program; Smart Beginnings; the Santa Fund; Initiative for Effective Nonprofits; United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring; United Way Student Service Awards, United Way Awards of Nonprofit Excellence and Women United in Philanthropy.

The numbers tell the story. The need is great.

Posted by Lisa Frazier.

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