Video: Why Volunteer for the Allocations Committee?

March 20, 2017

Ever wonder how United Way distributes donor funds to local nonprofit partner programs?  Or how you can be involved?

In this short video, Cheryl Moss shares why she volunteers to serve on the United Way GCR Allocations Committee.  The allocation process is driven by a diverse committee of community volunteers who are invested in United Way’s guiding principles of transparency, accountability, partnership and engagement. These volunteers are community members who:

  • Think strategically about community issues and solutions
  • Offer subject matter expertise
  • Represent donors, companies, community organizations and government agencies
  • Possess a commitment to the stewardship of community funds
  • Desire to learn more about the issues and greatest needs facing our community
  • Value data as part of a decision making process
  • Comply with UWGCR’s Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies

VOLUNTEER serve on the Budget and Allocations Committee or learn more by contacting Dana Fields at


The Budget and Allocations process is the cornerstone of United Way’s local impact. The framework for this process was established to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in United Way and its partner agencies. It ensures fiscal and program accountability for all agencies receiving United Way funds, while meeting the health and human service needs of our community. In the process, volunteers evaluate each agency’s effectiveness at providing services, review the need for those services in the region, and analyze the impact of United Way funding in meeting those needs. Agency partner programs are closely evaluated by United Way and its volunteers to ensure they are healthy, maintaining proper management and producing measurable outcomes.

Partner agency programs approved for funding have provided evidence and documentation that they meet United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region’s standards for:

  • Organizational governance,
  • Effectiveness of operations,
  • Fiscal responsibility, and
  • Truthfulness of their representations.

Each year, Full Partner Agency Programs may apply submit applications for funding during this process.  The Allocation review process begins in January and extends through May when funding recommendations are approved by the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region Board of Directors.  Approved agency programs receive funding payments monthly on a July – June annual cycle.