United Way Fund Distribution
The Fund Distribution process is the cornerstone of our United Way. It ensures fiscal and program accountability for all agencies receiving United Way funds while meeting the social services needs of the community. In the process, volunteers review each agency’s effectiveness at providing services, the need for programs in the region, and analyze the impact of United Way funding in meeting those needs.
The Fund Distribution Committee is composed of over 500 volunteers from throughout Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties representing diversity in experience, gender, ethnicity, race, and age. The Fund Distribution Committee is divided into 37 teams. Each team reviews 2-3 agencies. After reviewing proposals submitted by the agencies, team members attend a pre-site meeting, visit each of their assigned agencies, and participate in a post-site meeting to formulate recommended fund distribution. Through this process, each team member familiarizes itself with the agency and the services it provides, and then works to arrive at a recommendation for United Way funding in the upcoming year. The Team Leader takes the recommendation from the post-site meeting to a meeting with other Team Leaders where recommendations for each agency are finalized. In June, these are presented to the United Way Board of Directors for approval and form the basis for the United Way campaign in the fall.
For questions, or to find out how you can get involved email angelaf@UnitedWayLee.org.