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Leveraging our resources to fund collaborative, proven solutions for the most urgent challenges


We believe in local solutions for local problems. An essential part of our approach is our volunteer Community Investments Committee. These volunteers ask the questions our supporters want answered. By using a thorough vetting process to select nonprofit partners, they ensure donations are used to solve our most urgent and challenging problems. In addition to pouring over 990s, audits, program details and results, volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is invested.


Introducing the United for Equity grants, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to diversifying our investment process. We've partnered with Black BRAND and the Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce to ensure equity in our grantmaking process. Our mission is to support organizations aligned with our vision, even if they wouldn't traditionally qualify for funding. Through unity, compassion, and inclusivity, we aim to break barriers and uplift underserved communities. Join us on this journey, where every voice is valued, and together, we'll create a community where everyone thrives.

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United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Requests for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges. This year, we are introducing a new online application portal called e-CImpact, in hopes of creating a more user-friendly experience for our agency partners. To learn more about the application portal, please view the getting started guide linked below.


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