United Way Community Allocation Process

Since 1944, the mission of the Catawba County United Way (CCUW) has been to increase the organized capacity of people to help others by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

The vision of Catawba County United Way is to be the most effective and efficient organization that identifies and prioritizes the greatest unmet human needs in the community. The CCUW then works to mobilize local resources to meet those needs.

An organization must follow a multi-step process to request funding from the Catawba County United Way.

  1. Complete a Notice of Intent to apply for funding (Available end of January and due end of February).
  2. Submit a Pre-Request for Funding (Pre-RFP) which outlines the program (s) and define how it fits within the CCUW’s impact areas. The Pre-RFPs are reviewed by the CCUW Board Community Investment Committee and are either approved or declined.
  3. If approved, the organization moves on to complete a full Request for Funding (RFP), which includes information about its internal operations, board of directors, audit results, program budgets and goals and outcomes. These requests for funding must be for specific programs within their realm of services and demonstrate the impact their programs will have on our community. The RFP packages are generally due by the end of April.

Once these steps are completed, the Community Investment Panel evaluates the RFPs.

The role of the Community Investment Panel in the funding process is to act as stewards of donor funds entrusted to Catawba County United Way. The Community Investment Panel is led by the CCUW Board President. The panel members include local volunteers who reflect the diversity of the community and are educated in the impact areas of Health, Education and Income and the identified program priorities and program outcomes.

  1. Towards the end of May, organizations with approved RFPs will present their program(s) before the full Community Investment panel. After all presentations are heard, the Community Investment Panel has extensive discussions regarding the organizations’ performance and impact in our community.

Based on these discussions, program funding is recommended up to the maximum available funds. The CCUW Board of Directors makes the final decisions regarding funding requests at their next regularly scheduled board meeting. Award letters are then sent out to approved organizations.

Organizations whose programs are approved for funding are required to submit mid-year and year-end reports that outline their funded program results.

To learn more call the CCUW staff at 828-327-6851 or email info@ccunitedway.com