In the fall of 2011, United Way of Champaign County (UWCC) issued a call for Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for program funding that will support the UWCC Board approved Community Goals established in the 2011 Community Report. A total of 76 LOI's were received. Of that number 67 were invited to submit full applications.
A team of over 50 community volunteers were recruited and trained to review each application. Each team, lead by UWCC staff members, conducted visits to each program to ask questions about the application and how it related to the attainment of the UWCC Community Goals. Recommendations were made to the Community Impact Committee (CIC) comprised of UWCC Board Members and community volunteers that are engaged with UWCC in an on-going relationship. The CIC then recommends funding levels taking into consideration the goals, outcomes, reviewer comments and scores. The UWCC Board will make program funding decisions on April 26, 2012. Funding contracts awarded will begin July 1, 2012.
Programs that are selected to receive Community Impact Funding from UWCC have been vetted through a fiscal review and must comply with UWCC member agency requirements. Each program has stated goals and will be reviewed annually on progress towards reaching those goals. This differs from a donor designation where the donation goes directly to any 501(c)3 organization selected by a donor. Uses of designated gifts are at the discretion of the organization.