United Way of Berks County
Partner Agency and Grant Opportunities
United Way of Berks County (UWBC) takes Partner Agency status seriously. UWBC’s goal is to have long-lasting relationships with Partner Agencies that continue to fulfill a priority community need. Strong relationships include partner agencies: (1) delivering effective services on an annual basis, (2) meeting UWBC funding requirements (as outlined by a mutual agreement which includes no fundraising during United Way’s annual campaign) and (3) communicating and participating in United Way activities and opportunities in a timely manner.
UWBC makes a three-year commitment to Partner Agencies to strategically invest in programs addressing high priority Berks County community needs in the focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety Net Services. During the three-year cycle, agencies participate in a volunteer-led annual review process. This process monitors fiscal and governance practices of the agency as well as evaluates programs receiving UWBC funding to ensure investments are directed to high performing agencies and programs effectively addressing high priority community needs on an ongoing basis. UWBC funding dollars are prioritized to agencies and programs that demonstrate High Performance measurements in High Priority areas, as determined by volunteers involved in the investment process.
In order for UWBC to consider adding a new partner agency, resources need to be available which requires one or more of the following conditions to exist:
If any of the aforementioned conditions occur and UWBC determines that there are dollars available to add an additional Agency Partner(s), the volunteer-driven Community Impact Cabinet will determine how the dollars will be focused to address a critical need/service. Once that is determined, UWBC will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be open to 501(c)(3) organizations providing services to Berks County residents.
UWBC recognizes organizations, beyond partner agencies, are providing important and vital services to the community. With this in mind, UWBC provides annual grant funding opportunities:
To learn more about any of these grant opportunities, please contact Kristin Gehris, Community Impact Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: UWBC appreciates that community organizations express interest in being considered as a future Partner Agency; we keep a running list of these organizations.