On May 20, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Board of Directors approved its 2015-2016 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which $2.2 million will be invested in 82 high-quality local programs. Final reports from last year’s funded partners improved the lives of almost 63,000 people right here in Buncombe County. For some, this means gaining access to their first affordable home, for others it means support and training following a layoff.
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Western North Carolina accounting firm Johnson Price Sprinkle (JPS) was presented the Spirit of North Carolina award during United Way of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting in Pinehurst.
Mother Nature has thrown us an icy curveball, but our annual LIVE UNITED Celebration is still on for tomorrow morning. We can’t wait to celebrate a successful year and share our plans for the coming months. Below, you’ll find a few reminders to ensure a quick registration tomorrow morning.
Live United Celebration
DoubleTree Hotel – 115 Hendersonville Road
Wednesday Feb. 18
Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25. They will also be closed on Thursday, January 1. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year.
Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm.
Organizations interested in pursuing funding through United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County are asked to read this Request For Proposals. This RFP outlines all of the key details that an organization must satisfy to be eligible for funding.
We were so pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Laura Marx, the new president of United Way of NC. New to North Carolina, but not United Way, Laura is taking time at the start of her tenure to conduct a listening tour, meeting with leadership at local United Ways. One of the great strengths Laura brings to this work is her experience running a statewide 2-1-1 system back in New Jersey. North Carolina is lucky to have her.
This article from last week's Mountain Xpress does a nice job highlighting the ongoing struggle nonprofit organizations face securing the resources they need to achieve their mission. Several of the organizations in the article receive grants from United Way’s competitive grant making process.
We'd like to shout out to our friends at The Van Winkle Law Firm who took on the challenge of running as a "Trailblazer" during campaign. Thanks to the hard work of their planning team, employee participation increased from 64% to 70% with 14 new donors and 21 people increasing their gifts over last year. How'd they do it? Well here are a few highlights:
Kevin and Elisabeth spent time with Celeste Collins of OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling on her weekly radio show, Money Matters. Check out the podcast from the September 9 show and learn more about what they wish people knew about the work our United Way is doing in the community. Together, Kevin and Elisabeth have more than 20 years work experience at United Way.