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Local Non-Profit Organizations Invited to Apply for United Way Funding
            United Way of Kaufman County (UWKC) is accepting applications from local non-profit organizations that would like to receive funding from United Way of Kaufman County. Currently, UWKC funds 15 non-profits that last year served approximately 20,000 local residents.
Traditionally, UWKC funded member agencies annually and accepted applications from new non-profits every two years. In an effort to uphold its pledge to donors and evolve with the community, UWKC board members voted recently to begin accepting new agency applications each year. The “open funding” program, as parent organization United Way Worldwide calls the new process, will ensure that local United Ways fund only those agencies that meet the greatest needs in each community.
“Our community is continually evolving, and because of that board members feel admissions should be opened to new agencies each year,” said United Way Executive Director, Laura Henry. “This helps ensure United Way is funding organizations that provide services most needed by area residents.”
            To qualify for United Way funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:
·                 have a 501 (c)(3) IRS tax-exempt determination
·                 provide services to Kaufman County area residents for the past 2 years in at least one of three focus areas: health, income and education
·                 have a history of significant volunteer involvement and active public support through financial contributions
·                 be governed by a volunteer board of directors
·                 have audited financial statements and be able to meet United Way’s standards of financial responsibility.
United Way of Kaufman County Board of Directors will evaluate applicants later this spring. Agencies approved will be eligible for funding in the 2013-12 grant cycle.
A complete set of criteria and application are available online at For more information call or email Laura Henry at 972-563-9955 or Deadline to submit an application and attachments is April 26, 2012.
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