United Way awards $90,000 in grants

Funds awarded to local, area agencies

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — Fifteen local and/or area non-profit organizations serving Union County recently received a total of $90,000 in grants from the United Way of the Piedmont.

As part of its “2015 Community Investment Process,” the United Way of the Piedmont recently awarded a total of $2,251,500 in grants to non-profit organizations in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties. The grants awarded included a total of $90,000 awarded to 15 non-profits that are either based in Union County or are based outside the county but operate programs that serve the local community. Those organizations awarded the funds, the programs the funds will be used for, and the amount of the grants they received are:

• Corinth Community Development Corporation — Still I Rise — $4,200

• Girl Scouts of South Carolina — Mountains to Midlands — Union Volunteer Innovations Supporting Girl Leadership in Union — $2,700

• Union County First Steps — Home Visitation for School Readiness — $6,200

• Boy Scouts of America Palmetto Council — Build Union’s Future Leaders through Scouting — $4,700

• Union County YMCA — Out of School Time — $8,200

• The Salvation Army — Spartanburg & Union Counties — The Salvation Army Services, Union County — $6,000

• South Carolina Hunters & Landowners for the Hungry — Feed The Hungry — $7,168

• Trinity Baptist Church — Channel of Blessings Family and Community Enrichment — $5,666.

• Union County Pregnancy Center — $14,666

• Able South Carolina — Healthy Living with a Disability — $2,666

• Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg — Union Child Abuse Intervention — $8,766

• Union County Cancer Service — $6,166

• Alzheimer’s Association — Union County Alzheimer’s Disease Services — $3,266

• SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition — Union Domestic Violence Victim Assistance — $6,866

• Union County YMCA — Active Older Adults — $2,770

See upcoming editions of The Union Daily Times for profiles of these non-profit organizations and the services they provide for the people of Union County.

United Way of the Piedmont

According to its website (www.upiedmont.org) the United Way of the Piedmont “invests donor dollars from the Community Impact Fund through our Community Investment Process (CIP). The CIP is designed to provide funding for specific programs delivered by nonprofit organizations that can demonstrate measurable results and impact on specific community issues. Funds provided through CIP are intended to support the direct and indirect (management & general) costs associated with the delivery of a specific program within an organization. Community Impact dollars are not intended for capital expenses or an organization’s general deficit funding.”

The website further states that “councils have been established to oversee community investment and community initiatives within three specific priority areas. These councils are comprised of community volunteers representing a variety of expertise and backgrounds. Programs submitted by local agencies are evaluated annually by the appropriate council who in turn provides the United Way’s Board of Directors with recommended levels of investment. This evaluation is based on the Peter Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management’s Five Question Format:

1. What is the program’s mission?

2. Who is the program’s customer?

3. What does the customer value?

4. What are the program’s results?

5. What is the program’s plan?”

The website recommends that “organization’s interested in receiving Community Impact Fund dollars submit a detailed program application built around the Five Question Format for panel review. If you would like to receive more information regarding applying for United Way Community Impact funding, please contact us at (864) 582-7556.”

Funds awarded to local, area agencies

By Charles Warner


Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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