Change Starts Here.
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin provides funding to programs offered by registered charitable organizations that address the social needs of our community. We support a network of local programs that help thousands of people in our community on their journey to a better quality of life.
Investing in our community is a challenging task – Every year, funding requests exceed the amount of money raised. United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin funding process is thorough, and relies on the support of a committee of Fund Distribution Committee volunteers. These volunteers review the funding applications, visit program sites, examine community need assessments and recommend funding levels to United Way’s Board of Directors.
When a funding application arrives at United Way office, it goes through an extensive review process.
Step 1 – Receipt by United Way
A staff member:
- Checks to see that the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements (see Apply for Funding)
- Checks to make sure the application has been properly completed and includes all the necessary attachments
- Notifies the applicant if the application is incomplete or does not include all the necessary attachments
Step 2 – Review by Volunteer Review Team
Two volunteers from the Fund Distribution Committee are assigned to review each funding application over $10,000. Their tasks include:
- Reviewing the written applications
- Assessing applications in relation to United Way’s Funding Principles
- Assessing applications according to an Assessment Rubric
- Rating the application
- Visiting program sites
Step 3 – Review and recommendation by Fund Distribution Committee
- Reviews the ratings for all fund applications
- Considers the funding availability according to campaign projections
- Recommends approval of either the full or a reduced funding amount, or declines the application
Step 4 – Decision by Board of Directors
Following the final Fund Distribution Committee meeting, the Board of Directors review recommendations made by the volunteer committee and ratifies decisions on funding applications.
Step 5 – Communication of decision to applicant
Following approval by the Board, all applicants receive written notification of the funding decision. Funding begins April 1.