United Way of Southwest Louisiana has announced a funding model reform and a list of organizations that will receive community funding from United Way SWLA for the 2013-2014 funding cycle.
In 2000, the national office of United Way modified its procedures for funding distribution. The new model was called the Community Impact Business Model. It's based on funding programs that achieve measurable results, focusing on assisting programs that offer opportunities for at-risk children and adults. This year, United Way SWLA adopted the Community Impact Business Model, which is the national standard for fund distribution.
President and CEO Denise Durel stated: "For our community to move forward, we must continue to move people and families to positions of lasting independence. We believe the Community Impact Business Model will help facilitate that goal."
In accordance with the new model, United Way SWLA modified the criteria necessary for an organization to receive financial assistance. United Way SWLA only considered funding requests for programs that target the at-risk population.
The impact goals approved by United Way Board of Directors for Southwest Louisiana are:
Education: 8.1 percent graduation rate.
Income: 3.5 percent or less unemployment rate.
Health: 10 percent increase in health ranking.
The initiatives for the education goals include:
Reading At Level (3rd-4th grade)
Middle School Transition
High School Graduation
"For years, our donors have been requesting that we adopt national standards. This reform is our due diligence," said Durel. "We're ensuring that those who invest in United Way are getting the best return on investment."
The following organizations submitted proposals that properly aligned with the impact goal of serving "at-risk" youth and were awarded funding for meeting criteria for the Community Impact Business Model:
Allen Council on Aging
American Red Cross – Southwest Louisiana Chapter
Beauregard Community Concerns
Beauregard Council on Aging
Beauregard Special Olympics
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana
Boy Scouts – Calcasieu Area Council
Boy Scouts – Louisiana Purchase Council
Boys Village Foundation
Calcasieu Community Clinic
Calcasieu Council on Aging
Cameron Council on Aging
Children's Museum of Lake Charles
Community Chest, Inc
Family & Youth Counseling Agency
Foreman-Reynaud Community Center
Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf
Jeff Davis Addictive Disorders
Jeff Davis CADA
Jeff Davis Council on Aging
Jeff Davis Special Olympics
Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana
Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana
Merryville Community Health Center
NAMI of Southwest Louisiana
For more information on the funding reform, please contact Denise Durel at 337-433-1088, extension 25. For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit www.unitedwayswla.org.