United Way Hastings & Prince Edward (UWHPE) has finalized decisions for the 2016-2017 funding cycle following its campaign achievement announcement in January. New payments to successful programs will commence on April 1st, 2017.
In 2015 UWHPE launched its Community Impact Strategy whose goal is to support local health and social service agencies to effect sustainable and long-term change to community conditions. To accomplish this, UWHPE introduced multi-year funding along with its traditional one-year funding strategy.
In the 2016 campaign year, an overall investment of $1.496 million was allocated as follows:
· $520,020 in existing multi-year commitments to 23 programs from April 2016-March 2019
· $454,000 in new multi-year commitments to 19 programs from April 2017-March 2020
· $213,000 in single year investments to 13 programs from April 2017 – March 2018
· $205,398 to community initiatives such as The Good Backpack Program, 2-1-1 (211ontario.ca), Poverty Challenge and Fresh for All
· $39,167 to support not for profit agencies with collaboration and capacity building grants
· $65,000 redirected to other Canadian charities at the request of the organization’s donors
This year’s campaign shortfall impacted United Way’s investment to the community. With fewer dollars to allocate, Citizen Review volunteers had difficult decisions to make. “Similar to previous years, the requests for funding exceeded available resources” says Judi Gilbert, Executive Director. “This year agencies felt the impact of the organization having fewer dollars to allocate. Citizen Review volunteers had $100,000 less to allocate than anticipated.”
Gilbert added, “Although many organizations were successful in receiving funding from United Way, Hastings & Prince Edward, there were some agencies that were not successful and there were others that received less than what they had applied for.”
United Way H&PE continues to offer organizational development opportunities, contribute significantly to social planning, community collaboration, public awareness and education and training to foster an even greater impact on positive outcomes and lasting genuine change in our community.
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