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 by community leaders and experts in their field.
Local volunteers from all walks of life evaluate each grant application to ensure that the program works toward a collaborative, community goal, meets with each applicant face to face, and collaborates to make educated funding decisions that will truly make a difference. This "citizen review process" is a key component of the volunteer-driven decision making process.
We also perform a financial review of all applicants to ensure the organization is in good financial health.
We feel it is important that United Way dollars are used to invest in effective, meaningful, unduplicated services from funded partners. Funded partners demonstrate measurable result and are held accountable. Once funded, partners check in on a quarterly basis to ensure their projected goals are on track and the money is being used responsibly.
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)
Financial Review committee volunteers:
These volunteers 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 funding. Concerns identified by the committee are followed up with the agency prior to the program Q&A panels.
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