Media release: As of 2019, there’s a new United Way in Rome & Floyd County. As has always been true, the local United Way is a completely independent, locally governed organization; the affiliation to United Way Worldwide is a membership, as with similar well known organizations like the Boys and Girls Club. Programs, decisions, and budget are all 100% local and independent to the Rome & Floyd County nonprofit. The organization has funded nonprofits across Floyd County for 65 years as a traditional umbrella-style fundraising organization and is now well underway in transitioning to a new model. Information about ongoing changes was made available earlier this year and is updated regularly.
- Website: www.uwrome.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayromefloyd
- Instagram: UnitedWayRomeFloyd
What this means is that United Way funding is now invested in substantial and meaningful ways that allow nonprofits to make a profound difference, as a part of a larger, collaborative strategy. Currently, funding goes to the general mission of nonprofit organizations as a percentage of their overall budget, which in many cases amounts to only 2-4% of their budget, and cannot be defined by actual impact.
Investment in specific programs that are accountable to clear, publicly accessible measurable outcomes means United Way donors and the Rome/Floyd community will get community impact reports on the work accomplished through Community Impact Grant funding every six months. These reports include measures like the number of children who improved math grades, the number of families that established or grew savings, and the number of individuals who received emergency assistance or obtained safe housing. A full list of Impact Grant outcomes is available on the United Way website in the organization’s Request for Proposals, published in April of this year.
- Boys and Girls Club
- Summit Quest
- Open Door Home
- LivingProof Recovery
- Rome-Floyd YMCA
- Family Resource Center
- Hospitality House
- Davies Shelter
In addition to redesigning the Impact Grant process, the United Way is also working to create an online local resource guide; partnering to build an online local volunteer connection site for those seeking volunteers and those seeking to volunteer; offering comprehensive employee volunteer engagement experiences for business and corproate partners to help them fulfil citizenship goals and connect them our local community; and ramping up advocacy efforts to promote diversity and inclusion and fight trafficking and human slavery.
- You can read about local reaction from these organizations in a recent Rome News story.
- One of the original announcements about the changes at United Way. Background
- United Way of Rome-Floyd County’s Executive Director Alli Mitchell will be a guest on The Druck Report podcast posting early next week.