Volunteer: Budget and Allocations Committee

January 20, 2023

How does United Way decide where and how funds raised in the campaign year are distributed to the nonprofit agencies they support?

United Way prides itself on being committed to ensuring that donor dollars and funds raised are utilized and distributed in a fiscally responsible and efficient way with great attention to our community’s most critical needs. Annually, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region forms a 45-member Budget and Allocations Committee composed of local residents living in Montgomery , Houston, and Stewart counties that represent UWGCR’s donors. The B&A Committee reviews each agency and makes recommendations to UWGCR’s Board of Directors on how funds should be allocated to the nonprofit partner agencies that have applied for funding.

How is the B&A process conducted, and what does the B&A Committee do?

The B&A process runs from April-June. The committee is divided into 9 panels – each panel will have a Panel Chair, a financial member, and 3 additional members. Agency applications for funding will be assigned to each panel and members will review the applications, the agency’s financials, operations, etc. as well as conduct site visits to each agency and panel review sessions. Each member will score their assigned agencies utilizing a scoring rubric covering several topics/areas of each agency. After the review sessions, panels will convene and discuss how much funding each agency should receive, and Panel Chairs will report recommendations to the UWGCR Board of Directors who make the final decisions on allocating funds.

What’s in it for you?

Everyone already knows that volunteering your time and knowledge is good for the heart and soul! As a member of the B&A Committee, your work will be imperative to ensuring that our community’s most critical needs are being met. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view into the work our nonprofit agencies do in the community and gain knowledge on how United Way works. (It’s also not a bad thing to add to your resume!)

How to join:

Becoming a B&A Committee member is easy (and if you have a background in finance, we really need you!). All that is required is a commitment to bettering our community, some business knowledge and a little of your time. For a list of committee member responsibilities and the B&A Committee Session Schedule, click here. To apply, complete the Budget and Allocations Panel Member Profile and email to the UWGCR Marketing Coordinator, Brandi Ficklin, at bficklin@uwgcr.org. The deadline to submit the application is February 28, 2023. If you are chosen to serve, you will receive a welcome email after the deadline.