Understanding the Allocation Process

Through more than 100 funded programs, United Way of Broward County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. We fight for those who are working hard and falling short. 

United Way of Broward County allocates funding to other social-service nonprofit organizations in Broward County by using the collective impact model. To ensure success of social-service delivery systems, United Way of Broward County utilizes the following principles: 

  • Common Vision – United Way of Broward County and our partners share a common understanding of challenges and barriers, as well as a shared vision of how to address identified issues 
  • Joint Measurement – United Way of Broward County and our partners agree on a consistent approach for collecting data and measuring results to ensure program activities remain aligned and that each partner remains accountable to the process
  • Mutual Activities – Program activities may be differentiated while still having a degree of coordination through a common action plan when necessary
  • Continuous Communication – United Way of Broward County and our partners are open to communication and share information to maintain a common vision, build trust, ensure mutual objectives and maintain common motivation
  • Backbone Organization – United Way of Broward County is a backbone organization that coordinates, finances and serves as a technical assistance resource for our funded partner agencies

 

So, how does United Way of Broward County determine what types of programs and which agencies receive donated dollars?  

 

Here is the step-by-step process:

Step 1: For each impact area (health, education and financial stability), United Way of Broward County reviews assessments of local needs and identifies the focus for “Request for Application” (RFA). The RFA form is posted on the website UnitedWayBroward.org.

Step 2: A pre-bid conference is held to answer potential applicants’ questions about the RFA.

Step 3: Volunteers who are experts in particular impact areas are identified and recruited by United Way of Broward County staff to review and rate submitted proposals.

Step 4: Proposals are received and the process closes. Based on the number and type of proposals received, volunteer rating committees are created.

Step 5:  United Way of Broward County staff reviews each proposal for completeness and to identify each nonprofit’s offered “answer” to the focused local issue.

Step 6: Submitted proposals, rating tools and other back-up information are delivered by United Way of Broward County staff to volunteer raters.

Step 7: Volunteer raters review proposals and submit their scoring sheets to United Way of Broward County staff.

Step 8: Scoring sheet data is compiled for each rating committee. Nonprofit proposers give a five-minute presentation to raters, who can then ask clarifying questions. Raters confer, review and make score adjustments as necessary to reflect committee funding recommendation decisions. 

Step 9: United Way of Broward County staff reviews the rating committee’s recommendations and submits for final recommendations to the United Way’s Board of Directors.

Step 10: Board members make final decisions and allocations.  Donor dollars are invested to help make Broward County a better community for all.

The allocation process runs on a three-year cycle. The most recent allocation process began in January 2019, with executed contracts for Education and Financial Stability programs beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022.  The allocation cycle for Health programs begins in January 2020, with executed contracts beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2023. 

All contracts are renewed annually to ensure continued program success.

Click here to see our current list of funded partners and programs.