We have been Hampshire County’s Leader in Community Giving for Almost a Century
United Way’s work in Hampshire County has supported over $36 million in social services since 1922
Every year, United Way of Hampshire County distributes over $700,000 in the form of multi-year grants to local health and social services programs. This grant process is called Community Investment, and focuses on three priority areas:
Children, Youth, & Their Families
Health & Safety
This investment in the local community is made possible by the generosity of over 2,500 donors and local businesses and is the culmination of a year-long process that relies on the hard work of 80 plus local experts and volunteers who dedicate over 600 hours to planning, reviewing and deliberating on which programs to fund.
Our Grant Process
Community determined solutions for community identified needs
United Way of Hampshire County’s Community Investment is a four year endeavor. The first year begins with listening, public engagement and analysis of local needs. We engage with area leaders, service providers and volunteers who have expertise in our funding area. The community’s input is critical to the integrity of our grant program and we release a public survey to gather its insights on strategies and needs. We take all of this information, analyze data and determine how best to focus our priorities. We recognize that the community’s needs are constantly shifting.
Next, we invite programs from local non-profit organizations to apply for funding, supporting their proposals with detailed plans that promise to effectively address the identified community needs. We convene volunteers from a diverse array of United Way constituencies and community partners who review these proposals, visit the programs and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. Informed by all of this input, the board of directors makes final decisions, investing in the programs with the most thoughtful and comprehensive plans for creating lasting results. We offer grants in three-year cycles. Over the next three years of the grant cycle, the overall impact of each funded program is evaluated to ensure that real change has been achieved.
Making Giving Easy
Residents of the Pioneer Valley have big hearts. There are many giving options and causes. United Way of Hampshire County provides a simple way to give to our most challenging social issues.
Donors feel we make them smarter: We gather the experts. We do the homework. For donors wanting to address our county’s most complex challenges, we provide a simple way to give.
We make employee giving easy: Employees just fill out a form and their gifts are automatically deducted. For many, a United Way campaign is their first giving, deepening their community commitment.
21,500 Acts of Charity a Year