The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties started its allocations process today, beginning a series of five all-day sessions in which partner agencies will make presentations to the allocations panels who will recommend funding amounts for each agency to United Way's Board of Directors.
Each allocations panel is composed of volunteer business and community leaders who devote their time to ensuring that United Way's allocations process ensures a high degree of community impact through agency accountability standards.
Each year, every partner agency presents its funding request to the appropriate allocations panel. The allocations panel reviews the agency's programs and funding requests as well as visits the agency on site at their facility. Each panel is responsible for mentoring and advocating for several agencies throughout the year. The panels represent United Way's impact areas: education (two panels), income, health, and rebuilding lives.
The panels consider how well the agency is managed, how justified its proposed budget is and the extent to which its services address high priority community issues. The panel also considers the outcomes history that the agency has produced, meaning the measurement of success for a particular desired change or achievement through the services it provides.
The panels will forward their recommendations for funding amounts to the United Way Board of Directors. If the United Way Board of Directors has no reservations, it approves the recommendations. The Board of Directors will meet on June 14 at 12:00 p.m. and review the recommendations made by the panel allocations panels. A press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. that same day to announce the final funding amounts allocated to each partner agency. The press conference will be open to the public.
For more information or to view a listing of partner agencies, please visit www.uwrutherford.org or contact United Way at (615) 893-7303.