Nineteen Jasper County health and human service agencies applied for 2015-16 funding to provide direct human services that assist people in one of the United Way of Jasper County’s three community impact areas of Health, Income, and Education. Twenty-nine program grant applications were received and considered for funding.
Program proposals were divided into the community impact areas of health, income & education and presented to the allocation teams for review. The teams, comprised of both United Way Board members and community members, launched into an intensive process of reviewing program proposals, conducting interviews of program directors, and attending agency site visits to observe the day to day operations of the non-profit agencies.
The teams looked closely at the quality of services delivered and the number of people served, addressing tough issues such as client self-sufficiency opposed to dependency. Team members also closely scrutinized each agency’s financial records, looking for cost-efficient operations and leverage of a variety of funding sources.
Recommendations on funding levels were forwarded to the United Way Board of Directors from each team. In March 2015, the United Way of Jasper County Board of Directors authorized the allocation of more than $250,000 for 31 health and human service programs that serve residents in Baxter, Colfax, Galesburg, Ira, Kellogg, Killduff, Lambs Grove, Lynnville, Mingo, Monroe, Newburg, Newton, Prairie City, Reasnor, Sully, and Valeria.