News & Record Letter to the Editor

United Way of Greater Greensboro

Dear Editor:

The goal of this letter is to share facts surrounding the grant-making process for United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG).

First, please allow me to provide some context. From 2014 to 2018, UWGG held collaborative discussions with nonprofits and community leaders. These conversations resulted in co-creating a more effective grant making model.

Our new grant-making model, introduced in 2017, now requires organizations seeking funding to join UWGG’s strategic focus of placing children and adults onto pathways that take them out of generational poverty. This new model is how the UWGG Board of Directors meets its fiduciary responsibility to the community.

Here’s how our grantmaking process now works:

  • All nonprofits have an “open” invitation to apply for program funding based on performance/outcomes and available grant funds.
  • Outstanding community volunteer committees review ALL grant applications and make funding recommendations to the UWGG board of directors.

The BSA Old North State’s Scouting program did not propose positive outcomes relative to other grant applications. Additionally, they lowered their goal in this year’s application rather than offering solutions to past performance issues. Therefore, this program was not recommended and subsequently was not approved for investment.

Michelle Gethers Clark
CEO & President
August 4, 2019

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