Wow, 2011 you were an incredible whirlwind! So much happened and here are just a few of the highlights we thought you'd want to know about:
- Day of Caring turned 20 and 2-1-1 of WNC turned 10.
- With assistance from our Middle School Success Initiative, the YMCA added Owen Middle School to their after-school programming.
- We debuted an online grant application software and greatly improved the application process for our partners and our volunteers.
- We launched a new interactive website and a monthly e-newsletter. Check them out if you haven’t already.
- We received 501(h) status. To explain, Federal law allows nonprofits to lobby, but the limits and definitions are vague. By electing to file as a 501(h) nonprofit, United Way is using objective standards that are easier to report.
- We held Community Conversations between CAYLA students from Asheville High and GED students from AB Tech so they could share their views on education and their aspirations for our community. This was part of the Campaign for the Common Good which is focusing our community on Education.
- We launched the “You Need the Middle” campaign to raise awareness of the importance of a community commitment to middle school success and the positive impact adults can have in the lives of middle school students.
- The 2011 campaign raised $100,000 more than last year. Many thanks to Chris Young, 2011 campaign chair, for leading us to this success.
And while there's plenty more to be proud of, our last addition on this list is that there was a tremendous return on your investment in United Way!
- Through the Community Investment Fund, we granted approximately $2.5 million to programs and initiatives in Education, Income and Health.
- United Way had expected to see about 28,500 people successfully improve their conditions.
The return on our investments far exceeded our expectations.
Nearly 34,000 people are now on the path to graduating from high school; earning a living wage job; managing their finances and living in safe, affordable housing; accessing primary and behavioral healthcare or other similar community benefits.