Each spring, United Way conducts the Community Investment Review, an annual process to determine the funding of local programs. During the 2016 Community Investment Review, more than 70 volunteers comprised nine teams to evaluate requests for funding during a six-week process. In their role, volunteers reviewed detailed program applications, visited agencies to see the programs in action, and heard from clients and agency representatives. Collectively, volunteers contributed 1,550 volunteer hours.
During the Community Investment process, each program is reviewed in terms of how it meets a community need, achieves results, and exercises good stewardship. All programs must provide services within one of the four core areas of United Way – Basic Needs, Income, Health and Education. In addition, the financial position of each agency is reviewed by a separate group of volunteers who have vast experience in accounting and financial management.
“The community investment process was one of the best in my many years of involvement,” said Bob Kidd, CEO of Hecht Burdeshaw Architects and Community Investment Board Member. “All the volunteers worked as one team to bring about vital investment in our community and ensure the generous contributions of our donors are invested wisely. I am so honored to have been a part of the process. It is a unique and rewarding experience.”
As a result of their collective efforts in 2015, United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley provided funding to 57 local programs through 29 agencies in 2016. Three new programs were approved to receive funding: Growing Early Childhood Literacy of Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy; MercyMed Coumadin Clinic of MercyMed Columbus; and Economic Empowerment and Employment of Urban League of Greater Columbus.