Community Impact is a business model used by a majority of United Ways worldwide. It allows for local United Ways to systematically create positive social change addressing identified priority community needs.
With this model, United Way of Northeast Georgia will grant funds to programs that provide direct services to those areas of most need – our three pillars – and can provide reported data on the success of the programs. These services can range from healthcare services like family engagement programs that help parents raise children to reach developmental milestones, providing access to food and healthy meals, or vocational and work-study training programs.
“Starting nearly five years ago, United Way of Northeast Georgia began the process of changing from Community Chest to a Community Impact model. Through this data-led and volunteer-driven grant application process we give more strategic focus to our investments as well as our nonprofit partners that demonstrably meet the highest priority needs in our region. We are excited to finally introduce our newest grantees, as we begin our first year of many in Community Impact. We’ve always partnered with incredible programs and agencies, and through Community Impact we have the strategy, coordination, and measures to show it.”
Basic needs are the non-negotiables in life. Access to food so no meal is missed, stable housing, crisis assistance, and needs in response to an emergency are all resources and needs we deserve.
Without access to educational opportunities, many children fall behind before they even start kindergarten. Providing children and families access to books, educational tools, and healthy routine learning environments is essential.
Workforce development is the people-focused approach to a community’s economic success. Offering trainings, tools, education and more focused on the workplace allows individuals to strengthen the region’s overall economy.
Applications for grant funding are open May 1 of each year. Eligibility requirements for applying nonprofits are available. Any questions can be directed to Mark Madison, Director of Community Impact, via email.Apply Now