Where the money goes.

Our commitment to connecting resources to important community outcomes is reflected in our Community Investment Fund. With an emphasis on accountability, we work closely with our agency partners to ensure that your generous donations are thoughtfully and effectively allocated to programs that are working to help make Kent County a better place to live and work.

Taking on the big picture is hard work. 

While we continue to meet people where they are at with basic needs support, we are also working to identify the root causes of vulnerability and find innovative solutions to community-wide problems. Learn more about our support for collaborative programming.

We believe everyone deserves:

Agency Review Process

United Way campaign dollars are allocated through a volunteer, community review team to impact education, income and health in Kent County. To ensure transparency, the community review process itself is inclusive and collaborative with regard to the community and our stakeholders.

  1. Volunteers: Kent County volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of more than 30,000 donors. They ensure funds are distributed effectively and objectively with the needs of our community in mind.

  2. Agency Requests: Agencies request funding based on community needs.

  3. Financial Review: An annual, in-depth review of agencies’ financial health is conducted each year prior to consideration of their grant request.

  4. Grant Decision: Consensus on agency grant amounts based on community needs, the merits of the request, the agency’s financial health and past success, and their capacity.

  5. Approval & Distribution: Grants are reviewed and approved by the volunteer Evaluation and Accountability Team, Impact Council, and United Way Board of Directors.

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