Heart of Illinois
United Way

HOIUW Community Impact

Community Impact Fund

The Heart of Illinois United Way‘s Community Impact Fund is the shortest distance between your charitable contribution and a stronger, safer and healthier community. When you choose to give to the United Way, your gift impacts lives throughout central Illinois.

Heart of Illinois United Way funds more than 84 programs focusing on these key issues:

Community Impact Education Income Health

Education-Related Programs:
Quality education helps youth and adults achieve their full potential; key programs include pre-k literacy, tutoring, mentoring, special education, college and career counseling, and adult literacy.

Income-Related Programs:
Financial stability promotes independence; key programs include basic human needs such as food, shelter and clothing, legal support, employment assistance and life-skills education.

Health-Related Programs:
Prevention, intervention and education lead to health and wellness; key programs include community clinics, physical fitness, nutrition counseling, dental and vision care, and therapy.

To read more about Education, Income and Health, click here.

Heart of Illinois United Way's Grant Evaluation Process

As the largest non-governmental funder of health and human care services in central Illinois, the Heart of Illinois United Way is dedicated to ensuring the people in our communities have access to the education, income and health programs they need.

  • Over the last two years, United Way partner agencies have lost more than $15 million in state and federal funding.
  • In 2016-2017, more than $8.6 million will be distributed through the Community Impact Fund and directed contributions.
  • Starting with the fiscal cycle beginning July 1, 2016, more than 84 programs will receive funding. To read more about the programs funded, click here.
  • Annual funding is awarded based on need, the availability of funds and evaluation and measurement of the community outcomes achieved by the program(s). Funding recommendations are then presented to the HOIUW Board of Directors for approval at the May meeting.
  • The 2016-2017 funding cycle is the second year of a three-year process. Programs reviewed for funding must address education, income and health needs in central Illinois.
  • In addition to the grants listed above, the Community Impact Fund also grants dollars to three initiatives and through Youth United (student United Way). Click below to read more about these initiatives.

Approximately 100 volunteers from diverse segments of central Illinois evaluate agency programs and outcomes through our competitive grant process. Click here to see who serves on our allocation panels.

Heart of Illinois United Way collects data on the programs and initiatives we fund through our Community Impact Fund.

Community Impact Funds Demographics

Peoria Area Community Assessment

2014 Peoria Area Community Assessment

The 2014 Peoria Area Community Assessment highlights critical community needs focusing on education, income and health. Conducted by Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer, Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Management Bradley University, the assessment covers several key areas of social concern which allows our United Way to strengthen our ability to provide leadership to the region. A new assessment will be published summer 2017.

Download the published assessment
Our thanks to Central Illinois Business Publishers for producing our 2014 Peoria Area Community Assessment.
2014 Peoria Area Community Assessment
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Download the full study
Heart of Illinois United Way Community Assessment
PDF 3.7mb

About Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer

Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer

Laurence G. Weinzimmer is a sought after business advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies and author of 4 books including two best sellers, Fast Growth and The Wisdom of Failure, which was ranked #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Sellers List and #3 on the Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List. In 2013 Axiom Inc. rated The Wisdom of Failure as the top leadership book in North America. Larry is the Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Strategic Management at Bradley University. Larry is also frequently featured in leading business magazines, including Fortune, the New York Times, Executive Excellence, and Fast Company, and has been interviewed by leading national news networks, including FNN, Fox Business, CNBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC Nightly News.

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Agencies Seeking Heart of Illinois United Way Membership

For central Illinois 501(C)3 nonprofits seeking partnership into the Heart of Illinois United Way family of agencies, please download the New Member Agency Application below.

Nonprofit agencies have to be an approved Heart of Illinois United Way agency before they are allowed to compete for grants. By reviewing the guidelines, you can learn how your nonprofit will be reviewed.

For additional information please send an email to Nicole Frederick, Vice President of Community Investment, at nicole.frederick@unitedway.org.

New Member Agency Guidelines (PDF)
New Member Agency Application (PDF)
New Member Agency Application (MS Word)