United Way Invests Millions in Champaign County


May 20, 2016 - United Way of Champaign County’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the FY2017-2018 Community Impact Fund grant process. Our goal was to facilitate a strategic, outcome-based community investment process based on impacting identified goals in education, income and health.

41 local programs will receive a Community Impact Fund grant. These programs are administered by 32 different nonprofit agencies. The grants total $1,365,886 annually. The grant period starts July 1, 2016 and funding is for two years.

This cycle's grants represent a 20% increase in fully funded or nearly fully funded (90% of request or higher) programs from the previous cycle – 18 of 41 programs.

Brian Holding, Board Chair, said “In our most recent strategic plan, we established a direction that is helping transform us from a fundraising organization to a community investment organization focused on achieving measurable results. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes in Education, Income and Health by addressing the underlying causes of community challenges.”

Darcy Sementi, Board member and Chair of the Community Impact Committee, said “The Community Impact Fund grants are determined through a 6 month process that involves many layers of reviews by nearly 100 volunteers. This thorough review process is one of the reasons thousands of people in our County trust United Way with their charitable gifts each year.”

United Way’s total anticipated investments for FY2016 are estimated at $2,716,594.30.

View the full list of programs.


2016-2017 Community Investment Package


Annual Investment


Community Impact Fund grants for Early childhood education, mentors, quality afterschool programming, improving high school graduation rates, plus Kindergarten Readiness Initiative, Power of the Purse scholarship and more



Community Impact Fund grants for building families’ financial self-sufficiency, job training, homeless services, plus Emergency Shelter for Families, Money Smart Week and more



Community Impact Fund grants to improve access to dental, physical & mental health services, child and domestic abuse prevention, senior services, hunger prevention, plus Farmers Feeding Families, Stamp Out Hunger food drive and more


Donor Directed Gifts

Gifts designated by the donor to be passed on directly to a specific charitable organization.