The ways in which United Way disburses funds: donor choice, community investment funds, contracts, and special grants.
The ways in which United Way increases the capacity of people to care for one another: needs assessment, strategic planning, community problem solving, citizen review, evaluation, training, and technical assistance.
The goal of United Way fund distribution is to be:
outcome centered: funding targeted at efficient and effective services that demonstrate positive outcomes in people’s lives
competitive : limited resources allocated to those efforts that best demonstrate impact of donated dollar on people’s lives
flexible: coordinating efforts and proactively responding to rapidly changing human service environment taking advantage of opportunities to leverage dollars
volunteer driven: citizen reviewed and managed
fair: as perceived by both donors and funding recipients
accountable: fully accountable to the community for expenditures and accomplishments
donor responsive: donor choices are honored
‘user friendly’:efficient application and report forms