United Way of the Coastal Empire
Social Innovation Fund 2012
United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE) is applying as a geographically-based Social Innovation Fund intermediary. The target community is Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties in coastal southeast Georgia. The city of Savannah, located in Chatham County, will be the primary target population in years one and two of the project, with future expansion to the outlying rural populations in Bryan, Effingham and Liberty counties beginning in year three. We will focus on all three priority issue areas- Youth Development, Economic Opportunity and Healthy Futures- as all three issue areas are in line with our organizational goals and priorities, and there is a major need for progress and improvement in our community in all three areas.
Our overall goals with these initiatives in each issue area will be:
-To identify a sub-grantee or a group of sub-grantees who can effectively bring together a coalition of organizations to develop a plan for community improvement in the issue area,
- To improve and increase the capacity of each sub-grantee to collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of their program resulting in 100% data collection after the first year,
- To increase the numbers served in each issue area by 10% each year of the Social Innovation grant funding resulting in a large aggregate increase.
As we work with the sub-grantees, UWCE will continue to work with the Community Indicators to improve outcomes for our community. There are specific outcome goals within each issue area; Youth Development: Increase on-time high school graduation rate; Health Futures: Increase percent of individuals who have an identified primary care provider, therefore reducing the percentage of uninsured who use the local emergency room. Economic Opportunities: Increase workforce assets which will increase individual employability.
UWCE has secured matching funds in the amount of $1,015,774 with a request of $1,013,464 to increase capacity within our four county areas that not only builds upon specific issue areas, but allows us to build a continuum of service across all three areas for more positive outcomes and higher impact.
The UWCE Social Innovation Fund project will focus on underserved populations as a way to make measurable progress. The project will work on two levels of improvement and expansion. First, the models for social change created by the sub-grantees will be applied and tested in Savannah and Chatham County. Once the model is created, it will be adapted for a rural community and expanded to Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty Counties where appropriate. This urban to rural adaptation can become a model for expansion of services in other communities. Second, the UWCE envisions supporting a portfolio of sub-grantees that first tweak and expand their own models but then work together in a collaborative method to create a continuum of service for the target populations. This model will not only create and strengthen partnerships among nonprofits but can be used as a model for collaboration in other communities across the country.
The Request for Proposal process for soliciting and awarding sub-grantee awards will be conducted utilizing our E-CImpact application software for submission and review. A panel of investment volunteers will screen the applications, review the content, and conduct a face-to-face interview with the finalists to determine the best "match" for this project. This process has been proven in our community investments as identifying high-quality grantees and providing programs with higher levels of evidence greater levels of funding than those on the lower end of the evidence spectrum.
As UWCE selects the highest quality sub-grantees in each impact to area to provide services, we will assist each organization with articulating a theory of change approach to align their program design with an evaluation design. We invests in programs which are determined to use evidence-based best practices or promising practices in the provision of services to our community as determined through rigorous independent research by research institutions and evaluators throughout the country. Currently, our Efforts to Outcomes and Standardization of Indicators Project demonstrate our commitment to collecting data from our current agencies to measure community impact.
Founded in 1938, UWCE has since been devoted to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.