What Happens After Campaign?
The community investment process is a critical component to our mission. Each year United Way of Southwest Oklahoma accepts funding requests from area non-profits that have programs focused on education, income stability, and health and basic needs. The Community Investment Committee (CIC) decides on the most effective way to distribute United Way funds through the programs that have applied, dispensing dollars with an eye towards maximum impact.
How Does The CIC Work?
The CIC is comprised of 50-60 local volunteers representing our community's diverse business, economic, and social make-up. They are charged with reviewing all programs seeking funding, and giving recommendations for said funding to the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma Board of Directors. They do this by dividing into panels and rigorously vetting each application. CIC volunteers conduct on site agency reviews to evaluate each program’s effectiveness. During the site visits, agencies give presentations explaining their programs, services and budgets. The committee also studies agency financials and analyzes the planned investment of United Way funds. Following these visits, the panels will meet to review their findings and to develop a recommendation for funding. The CIC Panel Chairs then discuss the recommendations and present a proposed disbursement plan to the Board of Directors.
CIC Volunteer Requirements
As a volunteer you will be challenged to understand the programs and budgets of the agency applicants and assist in determining an appropriate funding level for United Way support. The volunteers work in small teams and are assigned 2-3 applications to screen. Volunteers typically spend 1-2 hours reviewing applications on their own, outside of time devoted to panel meetings and site visits. The total volunteer time is estimated to be 15 - 20 hours. Volunteers must also have the permission of their employer (if applicable) to participate, as panel meetings usually take place during regular business hours.
Interested in Joining the CIC?
If you would like to serve on the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma, please click HERE to complete the volunteer application!