United Way invests in 10 local health agencies

United Way adds a new partner agency, increases investment by six percent

In our last newsletter, you probably saw that Heart of Missouri United Way exceeded its goal of raising $3 million during our 2016 Community Campaign. We raised a total of $3,007,109, and we couldn’t have done it without your help! Now, you are probably wondering where these community dollars are being invested, and how we ensured these investments meet key needs in our community.

United Way was excited to announce in May  that the board of directors had approved and finalized its 2017-18 Community Impact investments in key community health issues. Beginning July 1, United Way will provide nearly $487,000 in funding to 10 local health agencies. We will continue to provide funding to programs and services offered by Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia; Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture; Family Counseling Center; Family Health Center of Boone County; First Chance for Children; Great Circle; Lutheran Family & Children’s Services; Phoenix Health Programs; and Sustainable Farms & Communities. City of Refuge, which currently receives funding for one or its financial stability programs, will also receive funding for its health program. Also, United Way has added First Chance for Children as a newly funded agency.  Each agency will have the ability to renew its yearly health funding through 2020.

The funding to these 10 health agencies constitutes 28 percent of United Way’s funding to partner agencies. Continued funding to partner agencies in the areas of education, financial stability and safety net/basic needs was also distributed on July 1 to 23 agencies. See the pie chart below more details.

Because we surpassed our 2016 campaign goal, we were able to increase investments in health programs and services by six percent, allowing us to better address our most pressing community health needs. One pressing health issue is the need for opioid use disorder therapies, and we will invest $87,000 this year in a treatment program offered by Phoenix Health Programs.

In order to guarantee your money was invested strategically, United Way had the help of 27 community volunteers to review all 18 funding proposals submitted by 16 agencies, and to personally visit each agency. The proposals that we received form these 16 agencies totaled more than $1.1 million. This in depth, data driven process took nearly 400 hours of volunteer time between January and April to ensure that funding decisions aligned with community needs and maximized every dollar raised. We also collaborated with other funders to make sure we didn’t duplicate efforts.

For more in-depth information about where the money is going, read the full story on our website.

Read the Columbia Daily Tribune’s article.

Watch KOMU’s news broadcast.

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