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United Way of Saginaw County Announces New Funding Process
United Way of Saginaw County announced in January 2014, that beginning with the 2015 funding cycle, the local nonprofit will transform their previous funding process into a new Community Impact Model.This announcement meant that any 501(c)(3), health and human service provider that services Saginaw County residents was encouraged to apply for United Way funding by completing a Stage One Letter of Intent in February.
Community Change Team volunteers then met to discuss all Stage One Letters of Intent that UWSC had received. During this process, the volunteers were responsible for evaluating the impact of the program, assessing program capabilies and prioritizing the program based on the previously defined, community-driven outcomes.
Based on their evaluations, the Community Change Team volunteers invited the following organizations to submit Stage Two program proposals based on their defined impact area:

All proposals for Stage Two awards were due in June. In total, UWSC received 35 program proposals from 24 organizations. Of the 24 organizations, eight are new to the United Way process.
Our Community Change Team volunteers are reviewing and evaluating the refined proposals. The volunteers will then make their recommendations to the UWSC Board of Directors in early August for those programs that will most clearly align with UWSC's impact area, vision and community-level goals. Based on those recommendations, the Board of Direcotrs will give final approval in September and the final announcement of Stage Two award recipients will be made in October 2014.
The new award are for a two-year funding cycle begining January 2015.
If a program did not sufficiently meet the necessary requirements, that program was not invited to complete a Stage Two proposal. United Way officials still look forward to collaborating with those organizations on other future opportunities. UWSC believes that by collaborating and better aligning the resources and services available in our community, more effective and efficient services can be provided. The overall intent of transitioning to a Community Impact Model is to improve the living standards of those served; lessening their need for services.
QUESTIONS? If you have any questions or would like more information, please submit your questions via email to Marsha Cooley. Here are a few of our frequently asked questions...
Why now? For more than two years, UWSC board members, staff, community volunteers and local field experts have worked together to develop a new model that would best benefit Saginaw County. "The board reasoned that the UWSC has a duty to the community, our donors and consumers to evaluate and support improvement strategies that offer the greatest impact to our community as a whole," said Larry Sims, UWSC Community Impact Chair.
What does a Community Impact Model do? The Community Impact Model is designed to address conditions and behaviors that serve as barriers to long-term improvement. In an effort to gain a better awareness of the community needs and resources, UWSC hosted several Community Conversations with Saginaw County residents, representing many walks of life. Their feedback along with local, state and national research will help provide desired Community Impact Model outcomes.
What are the major funding changes with a Community Impact Model? In addition to the open funding changes, UWSC has restated their mission and adopted an innovative community-focused vision and values. Driven by their new vision, UWSC will focus on creating change in the community through the areas of health, education and financial stability as research has identified these as the three basic fundamentals needed to have a successful life.
How will my investment be affected? A donor's investment to the community through UWSC will continue to demonstrate, even more now, how change is impacting the lives of others in our community.
What is the timeline for the 2015-16 award cycle?
  • January 8, 2014 - Post the Stage One - Letter of Intent (completed)
  • January 16, 204 - Informational Forum (completed)
  • February 5, 2014 - Stage One - Letters of Intent DUE to UWSC by 5 p.m. (completed)
  • April 25, 2014 - Invitation out to Stage Two applicants (completed)
  • June 12, 2014 - Stage Two - Proposals DUE to UWSC by 5 p.m. (completed)
  • September 2014 - Formal announcement of Stage Two award recipients
Thank you to everyone who has helped and will continue to help us make this change for our great Saginaw County community!
Please keep checking back for more updates!(Last updated 7/2/14)