United Way’s 2015-2016 fundraising effort was led by Dana and Danielle Bradford; Ken and Annie Bird will chair the campaign in 2016-2017. Thanks to thousands of community-minded local donors who contribute so generously, UWM is empowered to invest their financial support in a network of programs that aim to reduce poverty – carefully-vetted local services that support our neighbors’ vital basic needs, and increase their success in the classroom and the workforce.
The largest portion of UWM’s annual human service investment is distributed through the Community Care Fund, a network of programs that undergoes rigorous evaluation by a team of 150 local volunteers and subject matter experts. Over the past six months, these Community Investment Review Team (CIRT) members have spent a collective 3,400 hours in agency program presentations and CIRT deliberations before submitting their evaluations on each program.
2016-17 DONOR FUNDING (BY CATEGORY)
It is an increasingly competitive process to identify and select programs that demonstrate a measurable impact on the lives of those who participate in them. As such, tracking data on clients through their participation in the programs is critical.
After its own review of the CIRT teams’ recommendations, United Way’s Board of Directors has allocated $11.1 million per year to fund 127 programs at 57 metro area nonprofit agencies. Of that number, 12 organizations are new to the Community Care Fund. United Way is committed to providing the same level of funding next year through the support of its annual fundraising campaign. This will allow a longer runway to create impact and assure financial security for the selected programs. Click here to see a list of all funded programs.
Investment in programs aimed to increase student attendance by addressing the root causes of their absences.
Investment in programs working to assist youth in preparing for and succeeding in college, both within and outside of the classroom.
Investments address fire prevention for low income families and community disaster preparedness.
Investments provide domestic violence counseling, education and support for victims and their families.
Investment in programs aimed to increase the health and wellbeing of children, from prenatal to five years old.
Investments ensure that individuals in crisis have a safe and nurturing temporary residence, while continuing to address their basic needs, including physical and mental health care, food security, and crisis intervention.
Investment in programs that work to strengthen low income families through parental education and early childhood supports.
Investments provide education on personal financial management, general banking education and tax assistance.
Investments provide direct assistance that mitigates hunger and food insecurity, along with providing nutritional food for individuals and families in a crisis.
HEALTH CARE ACCESS
Investment in programs that provide access to health and wellness services for all ages. These services include physical and dental health, preventative health care, and wellness education.
Investment in programs working to ensure a healthy environment for low income families including conducting assessments of homes’ physical and air quality as well as support to make necessary repairs to improve the homes and the health of those living within them.
Investment in programs that provide in-home support to parents with very young children to educate them on how to create a nurturing and safe environment, build positive relationships, and prepare the child for kindergarten.
Investments provide case management, education, and supportive services for access to safe, affordable housing options for area low-income residents.
Investment in programs offering emergency and ongoing mental health and counseling services for children and adults.
Investment in programs that connect youth with a caring adults to help them achieve their potential, stay on track in school, and discover their strengths.
OUT OF SCHOOL TIME
Investment in programs that provide high quality programming and safe environments for youth to explore their interests, provide the foundation for success in school and life, and build healthy relationships with peers and adults.
Investment in education programs for parents to diminish or eliminate physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children by providing support, education and guidance to parents.
REFERRAL TO COMMUNITY SUPPORTS
Investments provide immediate financial assistance, legal access and referrals to low-income individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis. Individuals are also referred to a network of additional community supports at other agencies/programs to meet their needs.
Investment in programs that offer specialized health and wellness services to address the unique needs of senior citizens.
SPECIALIZED MENTAL HEALTH
Investment in programming offering emergency mental health services to young adults impacted by severe mental health issues and substance abuse.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING SUPPORTS
Investments focus on case management and supportive services for individuals and families to help identify and access options for permanent housing.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SKILLS
Investment in programs aimed at increasing the employability of participants of all ages (with an emphasis on Opportunity Youth), including placement in permanent or temporary opportunities such as internships and work experience, to improve their skills.
Investment in programs that offer youth enrichment and character development opportunities with peers and adults.