About Your Investments

In 2013, the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that set an exciting new direction for our work. Recognizing that every community benefits when individuals, groups, and institutions work together to solve shared problems, United Way volunteers foster cross-sector collaboration to collectively focus on identifying critical needs, comprehensive solutions and permanent results. It is within this context that we are committed to designing new funding strategies that support adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness to our investments. In addition, we continue to offer agency certification, which is a public classification that demonstrates that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health; effective and ethical governance; and strategy and program results.

2018 Agency Certification – Application Information

The United Way of South Hampton Roads invites applications for the 2018 certification process, including:

• Applications for Re-Certification
for currently certified agencies. This year, currently certified agencies seeking re-certification are not required to attend an information session.

• Applications for New Agency Certification
for those interested in becoming a certified agency.  Attending an Information Session is required prior to applying.

Information Sessions for New Agencies

These sessions are geared towards nonprofit organizations that are not currently certified by the United Way. The sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the Community Investments process, the benefits and eligibility requirements of United Way certification, and United Way strategic initiatives that may align with the work of your organization.

Please register online for one of the following sessions:

• Monday, November 27, 2:30-4:00 PM

• Friday, December 1, 9:00-10:30 AM

Important Dates
To apply for certification, agencies must complete and submit two application parts by the corresponding deadlines:

• December 4 – Online application system (Zengine) opens
• January 19 – Deadline to submit Part 1: Organizational Overview
 February 2 – Deadline to submit Part 2: Certification (Financials, Governance, and Programs)

Submission Support Resources

Additional resources may be posted as they become available.

If you have questions or are interested in inquiring about our investment opportunities, please contact:

Kathleen Banfield
Director, Community & Partner Engagement
757-853-8500 ext. 192
Email Kathleen

Grant management software provided by WizeHive


2016/2017 Community Funding Chair
Attorney at Law
Pender & Coward, P.C.


2016/2017 Community Funding Vice Chair
Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Waypoint Advisors

How to Apply

To pursue certification, organizations must use 

United Way’s submission portal

offered through Zengine by Wizehive.
For new agencies, the application process is time intensive for both the submitting agency and for the volunteer reviewers.  As you consider applying, please carefully review the basic eligibility requirements on page 6 of the Guide to 2017 Community Investments.


A heartfelt thank you to those who served in 2016 and/or 2017

Finding the Best Agencies

Our volunteers — community leaders and donors — ask the questions you want to be answered, making sure your money is spent efficiently to solve our most urgent problems and drive permanent results. That’s never as obvious as during the allocations process, when our community volunteers — people like you — pour over 990s and audits, programs and results. And it’s not just looking at papers. Volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is going, e.g. early childhood education and youth development, poverty, physical and mental health, domestic violence emergencies and disasters, workforce readiness and financial stability.


Brent Haden, 2016/17 Chair
Attorney at Law, Pender & Coward

Frank Brooks
Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway
Home Services Towne Realty

Andrew Friedman
Director, Department of Housing &
Neighborhood, Preservation
City of Virginia Beach

Joanne Inman
Sentara Leigh Hospital

Brian C. Purcell
Partner, Willcox & Savage, PC

Susanna Adams Dellinger, 2016/17 Vice Chair
Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance
Officer , Waypoint Advisors

Andrea Clontz
Emergency Management Coordinator
Isle of Wight County

John C. Gawne
Owner, Cruises, Inc.

Mary Ellen McLean
Office Manager, Virginia Beach
Volunteer Rescue Squad

Mary Riley
Administrator, Division of Community
Programs, City of Chesapeake

Peter Boccher
Senior Vice President, CHUBB

Alfred W. Craft, III
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisors
Regional Director, BB&T Wealth Management

Steven E. Kocen
Senior Vice President, Southern Bank

Tammie Mullins-Rice
Program Officer
Obici Healthcare Foundation

John M. Wallace
Financial Advisor, MassMutual


John M. Wallace, Chair
Financial Advisor
MassMutual Commonwealth

Alfred W. Craft, III
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisors
Regional Director, BB&T Wealth Management

Joanne Griggs
City Auditor (Ret.)
City of Virginia Beach

Deborah MacLeod
Accounting Manager
Hampton Roads Regional Jail

Martha Ambler
Retired CPA
Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Brian E. Deibler
Malvin, Riggins, and Co., PC

Scott Kelsey
Audit Senior Manager, KPMG

Macayla Nicolaison
Managing Attorney
Stephen D. Lentz & Associates

Mike Austin
Senior Vice President, Fulton Bank

Jody Elliott
United Way of South Hampton Roads

Galia Kouzmanova
Assistant Controller
Zim American Shipping

Joey Weinberg
SunTrust Private Wealth Management


Mary Riley, Panel Chair
Administrator, Division of Community
Programs, City of Chesapeake

Helen Anderson
Administrative Director of Human Resources
Bon Secours DePaul Hospital

Andrea Clontz
Emergency Management Coordinator
Isle of Wight County

Cathy Harris
Director, Harbor Tax Group

Tammie Mullins-Rice
Program Officer,
Obici Healthcare Foundation

Linda Spindel
Community Leader

Ann Vokonas
Director of Rehabilitation
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

Joanne Inman, Panel Vice Chair
Sentara Leigh Hospital

Allison Bough
President, SparkNonprofit

Andrew Cripps
President & CEO
Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

Denise Howard
Financial Advisor
First Command Financial Services, Inc.

Robert J. Richards
Manager, Facility Services
Sentara Obici Hospital

Marie Vesely
City of Norfolk (Ret.)

Michael Wasserberg
Director, Office to End Homelessness
City of Norfolk

Maleah Amos
Education Services Facilitator
Fleet & Family Support Center

Katharine “Kay” Carey
Owner, Horizons Consulting Services

Anita Golden
Chief of Services for Self-Sufficiency
Portsmouth Social Services

Lindsay R. Johnson
Business Services Officer, Vice President
BB&T Commercial Lending

Cathy Richards
Human Resources, Citizens National Bank

Jennifer Vick
Executive Assistant to the President & Publisher
The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies

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