United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County focuses on our community’s most serious problems and is committed to strategic investments in Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Equity. If your program is aligned with these core issues, opportunities may exist for funding. United Way provides funding to more than 220 programs at over 110 local health and human services agencies on an annual basis. These programs provide quality services to individuals and families throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties. United Way invests in programs within member and non-member agencies that target specific issues through short-term “Strategic Initiative-based” and “Urgent Needs” grants.
Each year, United Way’s Community Impact Division and Board of Directors allocate funds to programs within partner agencies. United Way’s annual Agency Partnership Agreement provides a framework that holds each funded program to a high standard of accountability of maintaining appropriate program results, administration, board participation, volunteer membership, engagement with United Way’s community campaign, and agency financial health..
On an annual basis, United Way volunteers determine whether sufficient funding for new programs is available from the United Way Community Fund. Agencies/programs may be considered for partnership in United Way’s safety net of services only after successfully completing and reporting on at least two years of non-partner program funding and recommendation from Community Impact Division Staff and the Community Impact Advisory Committee. This process may take two-three years to complete. Approved agencies will join the 90+ partner agencies that receive ongoing funding and will be subject to organizational and programmatic requirements. Annual funding through strategic initiatives or other grants does not automatically qualify an agency to be considered for program partner status.
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Approved agencies join partnership agencies that receive ongoing, programmatic funding, and will be subject to organizational and programmatic requirements.