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UWCFA’s Mission

Community Impact is the mission of United Way of the Cape Fear Area.  Community Impact volunteers identify the most critical, unmet needs of the residents of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender and focus available resources to create solutions that address these needs in the most efficient way possible. Community Impact creates sustainable, positive change in the lives of local people who are working hard to live healthy, constructive lives.

Community Impact offers the greatest return on donor investment in the Cape Fear Area.  UWCFA guarantees the outcomes of local programs funded through the Community Impact process and provides outcomes reporting to donors on a quarterly basis.

For information on becoming a Community Impact volunteer, please email tommy.taylor@uwcfa.org

Mission Statement: UWCFA mobilizes resources to empower local people working toward leading self-sufficient, healthy lives.

How does that work?

UWCFA is a completely local, autonomous, 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are completely separate from all other United Ways, as well as from United Way Worldwide.  Our work is entirely focused in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.  All decisions for and regarding our organization are made by local volunteers.

We partner with local individuals, companies, government agencies, nonprofits and municipalities to raise money to fund local health and human service, nonprofit programs that are proven to efficiently and sustainably address the most critical needs in our 4-county area.

The assessment that determines which health and human service needs are most critical in our community is performed by our Community Impact Vision Council(s) and our Board of Directors. These teams consist entirely of local volunteers.

Local health and human service programs are invited to apply for funding annually through the Community Impact Investment process, provided their program addresses the issues identified by the Vision Council.  All funding decisions are made by the Investment Team, the Planning and Investment Committee and the Board of Directors.  These teams also consist entirely of local volunteers.

Programs that earn Community Impact funding receive a funding commitment for 3 years, providing they consistently achieve or exceed outcome requirements.  UWCFA monitors these investments quarterly and reports outcomes to the community via the Seeing Results page.