For over 100 years, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has identified the region’s most pressing challenges and mobilized the community to address their root causes – bringing together hundreds of partners – businesses, nonprofits, government leaders, schools and donors.
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley prioritizes granting to nonprofit organizations serving the Lehigh Valley community. Where necessary, we reserve the right to fund other types of organizations, including, but not limited to, public nonprofits, for-profits and school districts. For questions about the application, please contact Priscilla Rosado at 610-807-5731.
HOW DOES AN ORGANIZATION BECOME A PARTNER?
For an organization to become United Way qualified, they must submit a Qualification Application. The process consists of completing an 18-point application, requiring access to information from an organization’s 990, budget, strategic plan, board of directors list, etc. An organization must be in existence for at least one year before becoming a qualified partner agency. Organizations that meet these criteria will be required to complete a Qualification Renewal on a bi-annual basis.
WHY DOES UNITED WAY ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION?
Organizations need to meet a set of criteria to complete the United Way qualifications process. The criteria are determined through research conducted by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley staff, a committee of volunteers and community agency executives. They contain the essential legal, governance, financial and quality requirements to ensure a United Way investment would be financially protected from risk and used to the greatest benefit to the community. Most organizations should be able to meet and respond to these criteria without difficulty.
WHEN CAN I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
United Way accepts partner applications on a rolling basis and organizations will be notified within 90 days of receipt.
Please note: The United Way Partner Qualified Community Partner Application is a necessary condition for funding but does not guarantee that the organization will receive funding in the future.
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