United Way Blackhawk Region continues our transformation to the evidence based, Community Impact business model. As we’ve learned, solely raising funds and distributing them to agencies no longer holds value and is not sustainable.
Donors expect measurable impact and return on investment. The Community Impact model focuses on outcomes vs. outputs, increases accountability to our donors and uses data to inform and move the needle on our community’s most pressing needs.
By design, the Community Impact model requires us to turn outward and to give voice to the diverse communities we serve. The people and families who live in our neighborhoods are the subject matter experts and we need their input to know what will best support their communities and help families thrive.
With a dedicated Community Impact Council and board of directors, a network of talented funded Partners and their teams, and more than 200 volunteers, United Way is well positioned to move forward on this journey of change.
United Way Grants
United Way’s highly competitive process Community Grant process is designed to award funds to programs demonstrating community need, articulating program efficacy, delivering measurable outcomes and effective services. Three tiers of volunteer-driven reviews are conducted on each Community Grant application.
Upon recommendation of the volunteer-led Community Impact Council, United Way’s Board of Directors ultimately approves Community Grants to local health and human service programs administered by nonprofit agencies. No single volunteer or staff person at United Way makes these investment decisions.
The following resources are for current, Funded Partners of United Way Blackhawk Region:
- Community Impact Policy Manual (PDF)
- e-CImpact Community Grant website
- Outcomes Training video
- Logic Model Training video
Programs new to United Way’s Community Grant process were afforded the opportunity to submit Eligibility Applications for the 2019-2021 grant cycle November 1 -16, 2018. That window is now closed and late entries are not permitted.
If the volunteer-led Community Impact Council elects to open the process for the next grant cycle, that would occur in late 2020 or early 2021. Announcements pertaining to the grant processes are disseminated to local media partners, posted to the website, and shared across our diverse social media channels.
For additional queries, please email United Way Blackhawk Region Vice President Denise Peters-Kauihou or phone 608.314.8424.
United Way Blackhawk Region’s Community Grant process is secure. All necessary procedures, forms and required attachments are accessed via e-CImpact, a secure, cloud-based Grant and Community Impact Management Software System.
While the e-CImpact portal is password protected, United Way will never request password information for social media accounts including but not limited to your organization’s Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat accounts.
If you are being asked to provide passwords or information that seems out of the ordinary, you can reach out to us directly at 608-314-8424 or you can access reliable guidance via the Federal Trade Commission.