Volunteers Drive Community Change
Designed to create long-term, positive changes in the lives of Pickens County residents and communities, the United Way’s Community Impact Plan serves as a road map that focuses the community on specific issues and goals for improvement. It serves as a strategic guide for philanthropic investment and efforts, assisting in linking the community’s strengths and assets to its needs.
In order to carry out this plan, United Way of Pickens County has three Impact Councils, one for each of the Impact areas of Education, Financial Stability and Community Basic Services. Trained volunteers from the community serve on these Impact Councils and work year round to understand, plan and make decisions about community conditions, needs and opportunities as they relate to improving Pickens County. All Councils are strategically focused on achieving outcomes based on select, priority issues.
Annual Investment Process
Once per year, Impact Council members review and score United Way Community Impact grant applications for their Impact area. Council members determine if each application fits in with United Way’s focus areas. Careful attention is given to each grant’s outcomes measurements. Council members report their scores and recommendations for funding/not funding to the entire Council.
After determining which programs will receive Community Impact grant funding, the Council allocates funding for each grant application based on the total amount of grant funding available, the application scores, how well the program fits into United Way’s focus areas, and the potential long-term positive impact the program will have on addressing community needs. Their suggestions for funding are presented to the United Way of Pickens County Board of Directors for approval.
Impact Council members review Mid-Year and Final Outcome Reports provided by funded agencies and present their findings to the entire Council.