The United Way of Dane County today announced how it intended to use more than $19 million raised in its annual fundraising campaign, the bulk of it aimed at reducing poverty by stabilizing young families.

Nearly 150 volunteers have been working since August to review requests from 60 organizations as part of United Way’s annual process to determine how to invest the resources raised as part of its annual fundraising campaign, according to a United Way statement.

“Making these investment decisions is a task all of us at United Way take very seriously, from the 150 volunteers who drive the investment decisions to the team at United Way that works directly with the agencies,” said Karen Timberlake, of Michael Best Strategies and chair of the Vision Council, the volunteer committee charged with making investment decisions. “These investments are the most impactful way that we can respond to the community’s charge to be problem solvers and change-makers in Dane County.”

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Specifically, United Way officials also confirmed that Centro Hispano will receive $849,027 for educational and job programs.


“Centro Hispano: Centro Hispano has a track-record of success in improving the academic success of young students, work that will continue through their Schools of Hope program in 2017. In addition, in 2017 their Caminos program in the HIRE Initiative will provide workforce readiness training to the Latinx community for Certified Nurse Assistants and other healthcare careers,” according to the United Way statement.
“Focusing on poverty means addressing education, financial stability and health – the things that will make our economy stronger, neighborhoods safer and community more successful,” said 2017 United Way of Dane County Board Chair, Anna Burish of UBS Financial Services, Inc.
“United Way values the good work of so many partners, and takes seriously our community-given role to connect the dots and create measurable results.” said Renee Moe, president and CEO of UWDC. “We are grateful to every business, every donor and every volunteer who makes changing lives in Dane County possible.”
UWDC provided a breakdown of the intent of each investment:
Our Community’s Agenda for Change
Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school $1,748,125
All students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race $1,536,945
There is a decrease in family homelessness $2,094,802
More people are on pathways out of poverty (includes HIRE, Journey Home and Strong Roots) $1,872,857
People’s health issues are identified and treated early $1,065,414
Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes $945,268
Engage our community, mobilize volunteers & strengthen local nonprofits $59,267
Donor Designations $3,321,931
Government Grants and Health Funding $3,057,373
Agenda for Change Total $15,701,982
United Way Services to the Community (ex. United Way 2-1-1, Volunteer Center, etc.) $2,408,340
Distributions to Umbrella Federations $1,317,311
Total Investments $19,427,633