We are a Non-Profit supporting Non-Profit Programs
Here’s how it works: You donate to River Valley United Way. We carefully vet non-profits and allocate funds. Those non-profits & our programs provide services to people in need.
Generous people donate money.
Individuals donate directly to United Way and volunteers help us raise money through our unique workplace giving campaigns. The money goes into our Community Impact Fund. Whatcom County is our home. We are all responsible for making it a better place to live.
Our committee meets & reviews applicants
Dozens of non-profit programs approach us with ideas for how they can help move the needle on poverty. Each year, our Community Impact Panel, made up of 30-50 volunteers, vets these programs. Our Community Impact Fund gets distributed to the combination of programs determined to best meet the needs of River Valley residents. Currently, we fund over 20 programs.
The money is sent out to non-profits.
The money is distributed to hardworking programs providing services to the community. Our funded programs are held accountable for the work they do. They provide outcomes on their results to us at least annually.
Throughout the year, we convene our partners, along with the public sector and anyone else interested in our issue. We look for new ways to solve old problems. We look for ways to be more efficient. More collaborative. More inventive.
Those in need get services.
We all live better. Every year, tens of thousands of individuals and families in Whatcom County receive support from the non-profit partner agencies we fund.