COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND
Where does the money go?
When you direct your contribution to the Community Impact Fund, you are enabling us to provide the biggest impact on poverty. The Community Impact Fund dollars are invested in creating collaborative solutions to advance people living in poverty to the life of their dreams.
United Way’s strongest force for creating community change and freeing more people from generational poverty is our Community Impact Fund.
United Way invests its Community Impact Fund dollars in addressing big social issues – like moving the needle on Mid-South poverty. These are issues that no one organization or solution can solve single-handedly. In its role as a convener, United Way unites teams of nonprofits to establish collaborative solutions that have long-term impact on this community.
United Way’s powerful resources include over 40,000 volunteer hours, partnerships with local and state governments, and funds from private philanthropy. The Community Impact Fund allows your contribution to stretch across a myriad of nonprofits and organizations, allowing you to have the greatest impact on our community.
The Community Impact Fund unites donations from people across our region. Donors contributing to United Way come from numerous sectors, including:
- Nonprofits / health & human services agencies
- Community organizations
- Government employees
- Volunteers & Philanthropists
- Faith-based groups
- Private foundations
Bringing these donations together creates a gigantic force for good that improves the lives of people across the Mid-South. Investing in United Way’s Community Impact Fund strengthens the impact of your donation and those of your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members.
Led by Volunteers
United Way volunteers – people like you – work together and make tough decisions of where and how to distribute Community Impact Funds to do the most good for the most people. This impacts thousands of lives in our area in a way no single-cause organization can accomplish. Volunteers review agencies receiving Community Impact Funds and examine their financial records to ensure they offer excellent services, and operate efficiently and effectively.
- What is the United Way Community Impact Fund?
- Why should I give to United Way Community Impact Fund?
- Who decides how Community Impact Fund dollars are spent?
Guided by Priorities
United Way’s top priority is to help people escape poverty and to improve the quality of life for all Mid-Southerners. Programs receiving funds are attacking our area’s poverty problems by addressing three building blocks for success:
- Education: Preparing children and adults to succeed in school and in life.
- Financial Stability: Helping individuals and families achieve stronger financial self-sufficiency.
- Health: Helping people live quality lives with stronger health and greater independence.
Your support of United Way’s Community Impact Fund makes the Mid-South and even better place to work and live. The key to the Mid-South’s economic prosperity IS poverty reduction. Every time one person escapes poverty, we all benefit.
To learn about serving as a United Way Community Impact Fund volunteer, please contact Janet Haas at 901.433.4333.
Basic Conditions for United Way Funding
Agencies seeking new or continued funding through United Way of the Mid-South (United Way) are expected to comply with the following conditions:
- Be incorporated, not-for-profit, tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, and meet all applicable local, state and federal regulations.
- Provide health or human services based on documented needs to an identifiable population and/or geographic area within the service area of United Way – specifically Shelby County, Tennessee.
- Be non-discriminatory and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Have an active, rotating, volunteer leadership that represents diverse elements of the community.
- Have written policies regarding conflicts of interest for board members and employees.
- Have sound program and financial management.
- Apply annually to United Way for funding unless otherwise agreed.
- Coordinate agency fund raising activities with United Way.
- Support, cooperate and identify with United Way.