Thanks to everyone in our region who supports United Way through donations and volunteering we reached and exceeded our fundraising goal of $2-million. The total amount raised for the 2012 United Way campaign is $2,178,000, which is a 9 per cent increase over last year’s campaign.
It is now time to invest those dollars back into the community in our three focus areas; Healthy people, strong communities, From poverty to possibility and All that kids can be. The investments will focus on underlying causes, collaboration in the community and we are committed to measuring the impact of the dollars invested. Our Community Impact Councils lead our investment process region-wide and are tasked with making funding decisions and assist with following up on those investments. The Kamloops Community Impact Council is made up of board members and leadership donors and will be reviewing Kamloops applications for funding in February and conducting interviews in March. Last year nearly $1.4 million was put back into our region through our Community Partners, collaborations and initiatives to address the greatest need in those communities.
United Way has seven Community Impact Councils: Kamloops, Chase, Merritt, North Thompson (Barriere and Clearwater), Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Logan Lake, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake. Merritt and North Thompson funds will also be invested this spring with brand new Community Impact Councils, and the remaining Community Funds will be invested this fall.
Two other exciting things happening this year with our investment process are;
- Going Green – In an effort to be more green we are only accepting online applications this year!
- Multi-Year Funding – In Kamloops, we are piloting multi-year funding of three years with five organizations. This will increase the impact of the investments and the sustainability of the organizations. These organizations are Canadian Mental Health Association, ASK Wellness, Elizabeth Fry Society, Boys and Girls Club and Kamloops Brain Injury Association.
Stay tuned for the results of this investment process in March!