Just hours before the start of their new fiscal year, United Way of Florence County (UWFC) made their $1.2 million pledge goal for the 2013/2014 campaign.
Hundreds of donors, made up of individuals, corporations and organizations, brought UWFC within reach of its goal. At the final hour, one generous donor, a local Rotarian, helped UWFC cross the finish line. UWFC’s named its 2013/2014 campaign “You are the Main Ingredient” to highlight the importance of donors in ensuring the continued success of local nonprofits. Because of local donors’ faithful support, UWFC began distributing $766,000 in grant dollars at the beginning of July to 25 local programs offering an array of services from disaster relief to mentoring to basic needs assistance. The grants range from $2,000 all the way up to $128,000, on average making up 20% of the funded program’s budget, and are operated by 17 area nonprofits designated as United Way partner agencies.
Up to 89% of UWFC’s campaign is made up of pledges rather than payments. Most pledges are made through company payroll deductions – reoccurring monthly drafts that allow a donor to contribute throughout the year instead of all at one time. UWFC relies on the continual receipt of pledge payments as well as new pledges throughout the year in order to operate and honor grants on a continual basis.
For this reason, plans for UWFC’s 2014/2015 campaign, which marks its 60th anniversary, are already ramping up. The new campaign, “Everyone Wins with United Way,” will kick-off with the annual Day of Caring on September 12, 2014. In honor of its 60th anniversary, UWFC hopes local volunteers will complete 60 community service projects, up from 48 projects last year. Other projects and programs celebrating the anniversary and this year’s game show theme will be held throughout the campaign.
In addition to the annual Community Investment grants, UWFC administers the distribution of $60,727 in federal FEMA funds for Florence County and maintains a contingency fund for agency emergencies in Florence County. In order to receive a UWFC Community Investment grant, agencies must first pass a rigorous review process. This process ensures that the potential grantee’s operations, programming and fiscal procedures adhere to industry best practices. Agencies are considered UWFC partners after successfully completing this process. Partner agencies are eligible to apply for funding annually by completing an application and appearing before the Community Investment Committee (CIC). The CIC is made up of local volunteers who work together to ensure that the individual contributions made to UWFC have the greatest positive impact in our community.
For more information about becoming a Partner Agency or member of the CIC, call Stephanie Navarro, Community Resource Manager, at email@example.com or at 843-662-2407. To learn how you can participate in this year’s Day of Caring or 60th anniversary campaign, contact Wendy Bird, VP of Campaigns, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 662-2407.