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 80 programs focusing on these key issues:

Community Impact: Education, Financial Stability, and Health

Education 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.

Financial Stability 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 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, Financial Stability 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, financial stability and health programs they need.

  • In 2017-2018, more than $9.0 million will be distributed through the Community Impact Fund and directed contributions.
  • Starting with the fiscal cycle beginning July 1, 2017, more than 83 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 2017-2018 funding cycle is the third year of a three-year process. Programs reviewed for funding must address education, financial stability 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

2017 Peoria Area Community Assessment

The Heart of Illinois United Way's Peoria Area Community Assessment highlights critical needs in the six-county Peoria region focused on the areas of education, financial stability and health. In 2017, our organization collaborated with Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer at Bradley University to conduct the assessment. Published every three years, the assessment's data provides critical information that enables United Way to effectively identify, assess and support key areas of social concern, as well as strengthen our ability to provide leadership to the region.

Download the published assessment
Our thanks to Central Illinois Business Publishers for producing our 2017 Peoria Area Community Assessment.
2017 Peoria Area Community Assessment
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Download Dr. Weinzimmer's Full Study
Heart of Illinois United Way Community Assessment
PDF 3.0mb

If referencing the published assessment and the full study, please note the year of the data reported in both documents as some data were updated in the publishing process.

About Dr. Weinzimmer

Dr. Larry Weinzimmer
Dr. Larry Weinzimmer

Dr. Weinzimmer, Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Management at Bradley University, is a sought-after business advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies and author of four books including two best sellers. His most recent book was ranked #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Sellers List, #3 on the Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List, and rated the top leadership book in North American for 2013 by Axiom Inc. In 2016, Business Insider released its "20 Best Business Books You Must Read Once in Your Lifetime" and Dr. Weinzimmer's book was ranked at #14. Dr. Weinzimmer is frequently interviewed in leading business outlets, 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.

Heart of Illinois United Way Electronic Grant and Reporting System

The new Community Impact Fund 3-year grant cycle begins with the 2018-19 program year. Applications for the first year are open to all Heart of Illinois United Way Partner Agencies that submitted a Letter of Intent.

Please note that applications for Year 1 will be submitted through the Heart of Illinois United Way Electronic Grant and Reporting System at grants.hoiunitedway.org. To obtain a Web User ID or to request additional information for Year 1 application, please contact Nicole Frederick, VP of Community Investment, at 309-674-5181, ext. 1230 or nicole.frederick@local.unitedway.org. For our partner agencies, the following reference materials are provided to assist with the completion of the application:

Agencies Seeking Heart of Illinois United Way Membership/Partnership

For central Illinois 501(C)3 nonprofits seeking partnership into the Heart of Illinois United Way family of agencies, please download the New Partner 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 Partner Agency Scoring Rubric (PDF)
New Partner Agency Application (MS Word)