Through the Community Investment Process, United Way of West Florida donors make recommendations on how undesignated donations should be invested in local nonprofit programs serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. If you've donated at any level this past year, you are eligible to serve as a Community Investment Panelist and help decide how donations from thousands of donors are invested in our community.
What is the Community Investment Process?
If you donate to United Way without specifying a cause, your donation is set aside for Community Investment grant funding. These funds, totaling around $1 million last year, helped fund 44 local agencies. As we are raising these grant funds, local nonprofit agencies are applying to become certified partners through United Way of West Florida. This means that United Way reviews their financial records and nonprofit status to ensure the agency has the stability and capacity to operate efficiently and effectively. Once certified, agencies can apply for Community Investment grant funding. Donors serving as Community Investment Panelists are trained to review applications, tour program sites, and collectively determine which programs receive funding to meet community needs. United Way does not stop there. After funding is invested, programs submit quarterly reports detailing measurable outcomes, and we report that data to you, our donors.