Community Investment: See how it works.

Investment volunteers help United Way achieve our goals by participating on a team of trained individuals to review and assess program proposals for funding and make recommendations to guide investment decisions that support our Child Well-Being goals. The community investment process is easier than you might think. Just see below…


  • Application Submitted & Compliance Review

    (March) UWGA staff review proposals to ensure they are on time and complete.


  • Financial Review

    (March-May) Volunteers review agency financials to ensure applicants are fiscally sound.


  • Volunteer Training

    (March) Volunteers attend training in selected Focus Areas: Basic Needs, Education, Income, Health and Homelessness.


  • Volunteer Review

    (April-May) Volunteers begin review of proposals by Focus Area. (15-20 pages per proposal)


  • Program Site Visits

    (April-May) Investment Volunteers visit agencies, evaluate programs and determine a score and recommended grant amount.  


  • Review Findings & Wrap-Up

    (Mid-May) Investment volunteers reconvene to discuss program assessments, site visit observations and to develop initial funding recommendations by Focus Area. Financial Review volunteers meet to share findings of agency financial assessments and make recommendations.


  • Volunteer Leadership Reviews

    (June) Funding recommendations are reviewed and ratified by two volunteer leadership committees.


  • United Way Board of Directors Approval

    (June) Recommendations are presented to UWGA Board of Directors for approval.



The estimated time commitment is between 15-36 hours.