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Community Impact

Our Community Impact system focuses on identifying community needs—funding programs that target local issues to influence measurable, lasting change.

Nonprofit agencies and collaborations are eligible to receive funds in two ways.

  • Funds that are designated by donors to their favorite charities in our annual campaign are forwarded to these organizations (less an administration charge) as the donor has instructed. All that is required is that the organization operates as a 501 (c) 3 agency. There is a place on the United Way pledge form for donors to indicate the charity. United Way sends these funds to the designated organizations quarterly, beginning in the spring after the fall campaign.
  • Contributions that are made to United Way of the Greater Triangle are invested by volunteers in agency programs and initiatives that meet the most urgent needs in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. In 2015, our investment process will change. 

UWGT will provide more information about the community level solutions we are seeking to fund in January of 2015.  At that time, we will provide information about how to apply for funding.

The next round of investments will be announced in summer 2015.   

During the application process, agencies will submit a proposal for funding and also demonstrate compliance with United Way’s Standards of Accountability.


We are working with nonprofit and community partners as a network, helping to orchestrate coordinated action plans toward shared goals.

Investing in solutions and innovative approaches

We continue to focus on outcomes to address issues facing our community by supporting and investing in proven solutions as well as promising new approaches developed through collaboration and innovation.

Focusing our approach

We will meet today’s basic needs (food, housing, safety, and access to healthcare) and work to build sustainable solutions that will mean brighter futures for low-income families, children, and our community.

Our focus on basic needs and funding long-term solutions to specific issues to help families and children together represents the new direction of our United Way.

We cannot create change alone. We are committed to mobilizing the caring power of our community and dedicated to fueling the innovative spirit of the Triangle that has helped this region grow. We believe that together we can tackle the big issues facing our communities and create a legacy of achievement for generations to come.