Oshkosh Area United Way opens its grant process to the public annually. Applicants can request funding for any new or existing program that aims to strengthen Childhood Development (especially from birth to year three), provides Steps To A Living Wage, or promotes positive Mental Health. These three issues have been identified as priorities for the Oshkosh area. Community Impact volunteers help evaluate grant applications, ask questions to applicants, and ultimately, make funding recommendations.
We feel it is important that United Way dollars are used responsibly, to invest in effective, meaningful, unduplicated services from the partner agencies. This "citizen review process" is a key component of the volunteer-driven decision making procedure.
There are two committees involved in this process:
1) Community Impact Committee:
These volunteers review the program applications to determine accuracy, cause, and to see if the program matches United Way's community goals. Volunteers are assigned to serve on one of three investment areas based on their own expertise and personal requests:
The investment areas are:
• Mental Health (Health)
• Childhood Development (Education)
• Steps To A Living Wage (Financial Stability)
2) Financial Review Committee:
The purpose of the Financial Review Committee is to review the program’s agency audit, year-end financial reports, and other budget materials to verify the fiscal stability of all programs that apply for OAUW funding. Concerns identified by the committee are followed up with the agency prior to the program Q&A panels.
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