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Thank you for changing lives.

The funds we raise are distributed to a network of highly-vetted local nonprofits – a process which engages dozens of community volunteers to help ensure funds are invested wisely and yield results that matter.

Once funded, United Way holds each of its nonprofit partners accountable to achieving specific outcomes. For further support, we offer regular workshops for organizational and program development, as well as training about our funding priorities and program evaluation process.

WHAT TYPES OF NONPROFIT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ARE FUNDED BY UNITED WAY?

Donor contributions to the United Way Community Fund are invested in specific, direct service programs that align to one of our six priority outcomes within the areas of education, income, and health.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

To be considered for a program grant from United Way, nonprofit organizations must have a physical presence in our four-county service area and meet our funding eligibility criteria.

HOW DOES A NONPROFIT APPLY FOR UNITED WAY FUNDING?

Nonprofits that are new to United Way program funding must first apply through Opportunity Funding; this is a separate, smaller grant process from United Way’s annual program funding cycle. The Opportunity Funding application is not necessarily an annual process but is opened at the discretion of United Way’s Board of Directors based on available resources. Monitor our e-newsletter for Opportunity Funding announcements.

Once funded, United Way invites its nonprofit partners to re-apply for annual program funding in the fall. The funding process includes a written application and the provision of financial documents, a program site visit, an in-person application review meeting and follow-up Q&A, as needed. The process spans approximately four months. If a grant is awarded, a counter-signed program funding agreement will be required, along with semi-annual reporting.

HOW DOES UNITED WAY MAKE ITS GRANT FUNDING DECISIONS?

United Way Community Investments staff facilitates an outcomes-based evaluation process that employs dozens of trained community volunteers to serve as grant evaluators, which is overseen by a standing committee of United Way’s Board of Directors. Decisions are based on the merit of organizational and program performance and the resources available for investment.

funding information network (fin)

NEW! Find additional funding to support the important work you do in our community.

As a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner site, United Way of the Coastal Empire offers free, public access to the Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. These searchable databases include detailed profiles of 140,000 U.S. foundations, as well as information about past grants and grant recipients.

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is intuitive and easy to learn. Please attend an orientation session or watch these introductory videos before your visit:

Online chat support and trained staff are available to provide technical assistance onsite at the United Way building in downtown Savannah. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9 am – 5 pm by appointment only.

Funding Information Network Orientation

Funding Information Network Orientation

Presented by:  Funding Information Network Experience:  Introductory Format: On-site PresentationDescription:  Start…

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Understanding Financial Statements & Stewardship Ratios

Understanding Financial Statements & Stewardship Ratios

Presented by:  Kelly Crosby of Georgia Southern University Experience:  Introductory/Intermediate Format: …

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Building Strong Budgets

Building Strong Budgets

Presented by:  Kelly Crosby of Georgia Southern University Experience:  Introductory Format: …

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HR Essentials

HR Essentials

Presented by:  Shawn Kachmar of Hunter MacLean and Carolyn Smalls…

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Issues & Crisis Management: Control Your Messaging

Issues & Crisis Management: Control Your Messaging

Presented by: Lesley Francis Public Relations Experience: All levels welcome…

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Strategies for Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention

Strategies for Nonprofit Employee Engagement & Retention

Presented by: Julie Olsen of Workplace Advancement Strategies Experience:  Intermediate Format: …

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