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Community Investment

We ensure our donors receive the maximum impact for their charitable investment, while maintaining the highest level of accountability. Each year, donor volunteers oversee the distribution of United Way dollars through an annual process called Community Investment.

Approximately 200 volunteers not only donate monetarily, but also donate their time to review funding requests from local programs hoping to receive United Way support. They carefully assess program proposals and outcome measurement data, meet with agency directors, and visit agency facilities to get a firsthand look at the programs, the staff and the people they serve. Partner agencies’ financial documentation including internal financial controls, fiscal health, and audit of compliance are also reviewed and analyzed by volunteers who are State licensed Certified Public Accountants or other financial professionals.

The volunteer funding recommendations are reviewed by the Community Investment Committee that submits a final funding proposal to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Board of Directors, who are also donor volunteers. The Board approves the proposal and distribution of funds for partner agencies’ specific programs.

“The allocation process is a vital piece in creating change in the community,” said Dan Straughan, Executive Director of The Homeless Alliance, a Partner Agency. “It is like the ‘good housekeeping seal of approval’ for ethical, well-managed, community impact organizations.”


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