Community Impact Strategy

United Way of Saginaw County's Community Impact Strategy puts focus on community outcomes; investment to community

On Monday, January 9, qualifying nonprofits were encouraged to complete and submit a Stage One application by Monday, February 6. The Stage One application submission period has elapsed and no further submissions will be accepted at this time.

Our Community Change Team members have met to evaluate all Stage One and Stage Two applications. They have comprised their recommendations for award recipients and the United Way Board of Directors will have the opportunity to approve their recommendations on June 28.

All applicants will be notified of award cycle status in September.

Thank you for your interest in partnership with United Way of Saginaw County. If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Petz, community impact coordinator at (989) 755-0505, ext. 216.


Please direct any questions to Kayla Petz, community investment coordinator at (989) 755-0505, ext. 216.

Community Impact Strategy History
As of January 2014, United Way of Saginaw County (UWSC) initiated the Community Impact Strategy which allows the organization to become more collaborative and better focused on community-driven outcomes, thus building a stronger community.
UWSC facilitates community partnerships, administers grants and implements programs designed to achieve outcomes in the areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability. These programs allow UWSC and their partners to unite together, enhancing capacity and adding value to the community.

Additionally, to further their Community Impact Strategy, UWSC's funding progressed from a closed allocations process to an open, more inclusive Community Impact Strategy. This new model allowed any 501(c)(3) health and human service provider that services Saginaw County residents to submit a program proposal.

Community Change Team (CCT) volunteers, representing all walks of life, created community-wide goals for each of the three Community Impact Areas, and program proposals were encouraged to identify with an Impact Area as well as explain how that program would provide attainable outcomes to the community-wide goals.

The volunteers were also responsible for evaluating the impact of the program, assessing program capabilities and prioritizing the program based on the previously defined, community-driven outcomes.

To prepare for the 2018 Award Cycle, CCT volunteers revisited and revised the previous goals based on information gathered from Community Conversations, research and team members' expertise.