The Funding Process

Funding for the Community...By The Community

How Does United Way Decide Where Your Donations Are Distributed Throughout The Community?

We rely on a very unique process called "allocations" which puts the process directly into the hands of trained community volunteers. Each year, we invite nonprofit agencies from our community to submit funding requests for specific programs targeting Crisis Intervention, Promoting Stability and Sustainability in People's Lives, and Transitioning People to Independence through Education. They provide detailed application materials and then make a presentation to our panels, who ask probing questions about agency management, measurable results, and efficiencies.



We train 75+ local volunteers to serve as allocation panelists. All are eager to make sure your donations are used efficiently for maximum effect. Paramount to every funding decision is the program's ability to offer life-altering change for needy residents of our southern Chester County community. Our allocation panelists discuss material presented, weigh benefits, and make tough decisions for funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. Deliberations are always difficult because funding requests typically EXCEED dollars to allocate by more than $150,000 each year! Then, funds are distributed to the selected high-quality programs administered by our competent and professional partner agencies. Your dollars make a direct and positive impact on the lives of your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.


Hear What Our Allocations Panel Members Say...


Click here to see how your donations will be spent in 2022/2023.


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