The Frontier, Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC —
The Triangle branch of United Way today announces $3.5 million of funding to 59 local nonprofits and collaboratives that submitted proposals to a rigorous, community-led RFP process — the first of its kind for the Triangle’s United Way. The 59 grant recipients represent a diverse group of organizations all working to eradicate poverty and improve social mobility in the Triangle, which is the United Way of the Greater Triangle’s mission. Of the grantees, 25% are helmed by a Person of Color. Grantees include regional agencies like YMCA of the Triangle as well as organizations with county and neighborhood-specific impact.
A full list of 2019 grant recipients can be found here.
The RFP process kicked off last fall with a funding landscape analysis to identify opportunities and gaps where funding could accelerate outcomes in three priority areas: Cradle to Career, which includes education, early childhood development, literacy and career readiness; Healthy Families, spanning families’ physical, environmental mental Health; and Equity in Leadership, seeking solutions from the minds and experiences of the communities we serve and leaders that represent them.
Open from January 14th to March 1st, the RFP process attracted 120 applications totaling $10.3 million in funding requests.
“This year, we launched a new RFP process that prioritized transparency and community engagement. We convened a committee of fifteen local leaders and over 80 volunteer readers to assess 120 funding proposals and ultimately recommend 59 grantees based on their proposals’ alignment with the issues that contribute to poverty in the Triangle, and their ability to overcome barriers in the counties we serve,” says Jes Averhart, Executive Director of Leadership Triangle and United Way of the Greater Triangle Board Member and Community Investment Committee Chair.
The $3.5 million represents a 18% increase in year-over-year investment by the Triangle’s United Way and caps a two-year revisioning process that streamlined operations in order to spend less internally and place more funding in community nonprofits.
Last year, United Way of the Greater Triangle announced its inaugural “10 to Watch” class — ten up-and-coming nonprofits and their under-represented leaders making significant headway to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility. Included in the $3.5m announced today, each of the “10 to Watch” winners was granted $25,000 of funding for two consecutive years and its leaders included in advancement programs fostered by United Way of the Greater Triangle.
“I am grateful for everyone who participated in this revised and revisioned RFP process; all of our applicants, all of our community readers, and our Community Investment Committee. They all gave generously in time and effort to make this a fair and equitable process. We had tough decisions to make, but at the end of the day this is a celebration of incredible partners making incredible impact for Triangle children and families, selected through a process that prizes equity. We still have a long way to go to accomplish our mission to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships, and I am looking forward to going there, together,” says Eric Guckian, CEO, United Way of the Greater Triangle.
About United Way of the Greater Triangle:
United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in the Triangle with work spanning Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. An investment in high impact organizations and a focus on children and their families in low-income households dramatically changes the course of their futures.