There are multiply ways our community can work together for the common good and to improve lives of our neighbors.
1. Participate in our grant process to become a partner agency:
United Way of Madison County partnerships and funding of programs (rather than entire agencies) are established on a three-year basis to allow for implementation, growth, and accountability. The next opportunity to be considered as a United Way partner agency will be in 2018. RFP (Request for Proposals) are typically announced publicly.
Only those who receive local grant funding from our organization are authorized to identify as United Way partner agencies.
You may also learn about the local focus of United Way of Madison County by clicking "Our Work". United Way is not likely to be able to partner, with limited resources, with every organization that aligns with our focus but this is a good place to begin. The fact that an organization does not qualify or win a grant award from United Way does not mean that there are not additional ways to work together.
Smaller funding opportunities may be available within the three-year window of investment from United Way of Madison County and, if your organization is strongly aligned with our focus, you are most welcome to contact us for more details and to learn how to be considered for those interim opportunities.
2. Working together in the community.
If your organization addresses health and human services in Madison County, Alabama, even if you are not a partner agency, there are ways you can work with us.
a) Accessing our community wide needs assessment Our Madison County community helped identify key needs in our community through the community-wide needs assessment completed by United Way of Madison County in late 2014.
b) Any nonprofit in the community, recognized by the federal government, is eligible for a FREE account on the Volunteer Center of Madison County. Learn more at thevolunteercentermc.org.
d) United Way’s Leadership Social Services program provides professional development in a 10-month class designed to improve the connectivity, collaboration, and communication between members of the Madison County nonprofit sector. Classes are held one Friday a month January through October with applications accepted in September of each year. Registration information is available under Community Collaboration above!
USING A LOGIC MODEL TO INFORM AND PLAN YOUR PROGRAM:
A logic model is a tool commonly used in grant applications with funders. It is also a current requirement in United Way of Madison County funding applications.
Becoming familiar with this tool can help you in your agency’s planning and program development and evaluation, regardless of whether you apply for United Way of Madison County funding. The logic model requirements for United Way are specific and may differ slightly from those shown in these resources but, essentially, they are very similar and these links are excellent learning tools.
Giving to the Impact Fund helps protect a safety net of services for the most vulnerable in our community, including those in immediate crisis. It also allows you to invest in long-term solutions to our most pressing community needs in the areas of education, financial stability, AND health.
All money undesignated or designated to the Impact Fund goes into the allocations to our agencies. All money designated to agencies goes directly to those agencies, and does not affect the amount of money those agencies will receive from the allocations. Any designations made to an agency will increase the amount of money that agency would otherwise receive.