UWCNVI has Impact Councils in Cowichan, Central Island, Comox and Campbell River.
Impact Councils are a group of people brought together to review funding applications and recommend to the Investment Committee of the Board of Directors who should get funded.
Members are representatives from non-funded agencies and other experts in their field. They include experts on homelessness, early childhood development, domestic violence, youth issues, mental health and seniors issues.
In 2013, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island is further refining the work that the Impact Councils will be doing to make sure your donation is invested wisely. These changes are based on experience gleaned from other United Ways across Canada. The goal is to have the Impact Councils:
- Develop the overall short and long term goals and strategies for the particular community impact area including identifying annual priorities and measures of success and related indicators.
- Ensure appropriate community consultation processes are in place to develop overall strategies and measures of outcome success.
- Support and advocate for collaboration and partnership within the community whenever possible.
- Identify gaps in the community asset base with respect to desired outcomes.
- Identify funding targets for the Impact Area, for each year of the strategy and recommend to the UWCNVI Board of Directors.
- Once a funding target has been set by the UWCNVI Board of Directors for the given Impact Area, Impact Councils recommend appropriate funding distribution strategy to support overall strategy and yearly priorities.
- Manage annual funding distribution and evaluation process. All funding recommendations will be brought to the UWCNVI Board for approval.
- Monitor impact of funded programs on community outcomes/measures of success and recommend any changes in overall goals, strategies, priorities, measures of success and/or funding targets to the board of Directors.
- Review performance of funded partners in consultation with UWCNVI staff and recommend to the Board any changes in existing relationships with funded partners.
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