CAUW Implements Community Impact Model

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Capital Area United Way’s (CAUW) long-awaited transition into the Community Impact Model has come to fruition with 77 volunteers giving more than 2,000 hours reviewing funding applications to determine the best use of donor dollars to make the greatest impact on the lives of people in the 10-parish community served.  The result of that hard work is a funding recommendation that includes both new and current programs and organizations all working towards improving our community.   The complete list of funded programs will be released on April 26, 2016.

CAUW has always successfully invested resources into programs and partner agencies that are moving the needle and changing the face of the capital area. As the community’s biggest needs have changed, United Way has also changed.

 “We started this process years ago knowing that what we’ve done to help the community for the last several decades is not what will work to move our community in the direction it needs to go,” said Donna Saurage, donor and former CAUW Board Member.  “I am thrilled to see that United Way will now be able to show a measurable impact in a way we’ve never seen before.”

All 46 currently funded agencies, more than 600 community members and numerous subject matter experts collaborated to create the strategies and metrics used to evaluate programs that applied for funding.  In total, 11 strategies were developed within the focus areas of Education, Income Stability, Health and Basic Needs.

CAUW staff and volunteers worked side-by-side with funded nonprofit agency programs to develop the details of the Community Impact Model and the implementation plan. One-on-one meetings were held with agency leaders and volunteers to gather their input and allow them time to prepare for the coming changes, including potential reductions in funding so no one would be surprised. While continuous communication and transparency has been part of this transition, CAUW is offering financial assistance through one-time bridge funding, or supplemental support, allowing for a gradual transition for agencies losing CAUW funding.

“The three-year-long process to get to this point has been a true partnership between Capital Area United Way, agency partners and the community,” said Pat Van Burkleo, president, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. “Everyone was willing to put aside their individual focus and look at the bigger picture. We’re confident that this will lead to a very positive and needed change across our communities.”

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