Our Investment History
In 2010, United Way changed its funding model – moving from funding “member agencies” to programs that address critical issues and meet certain criteria for improving community conditions over the long term. The criteria were established based on our research into best practices in the areas of reducing poverty, positioning kids and families for success, and creating thriving neighbourhoods. Our partners are asked to work together to improve identified community conditions, and United Way funds their collaborative efforts.
United Way also moved to fund programs in five-year cycles, allowing agencies the time to improve outcomes, as opposed to continually applying for new funding each year. At the end of the five years, all community organizations, are welcomed to apply for United Way support.
In 2014, United Way invited community-based organizations to apply for funding for the years 2015 to 2020. There will be some new programs based on priorities chosen by the community, as well as some you may already be familiar with.
United Way has a comprehensive process for reviewing applications for funding, involving staff and a volunteer Impact Council made up of a diverse group of community leaders in their respective fields. The recommendations from that review process are reported to the Board of Directors, which makes the final decision on the programs we invest in. The results were reported in the spring of 2015.
We are building on the successes of the last five years to make Windsor-Essex an even better place to live, with new, improved, and innovative strategies in place.