Community Investment Information

At Heartland United Way, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability for every person in every community. We partner with agencies in the community that focus on goals and outcomes in the areas of education, financial stability, and health and we work together to create long-lasting changes that improve lives and create possibilities.  


Allocation of Campaign Funds to Community Partners

The Heartland United Way raises money to support programs and services at 17 local Community Partners that positively affect the most pressing issues in our communities. Your one gift to the Heartland United Way impacts over 20,000 people each year in Hall, Hamilton, Howard, and Merrick Counties. The Heartland United Way Community Partners complete a grant application requesting funding for specific programs around Education, Health and Financial Stability.  Volunteers, who are also donors, complete an evaluation of the application and presentations from the agencies in order to assist in making funding decisions in a unique process known as the Community Investment Process.  



The Community Investment Process helps to ensure that the community-raised dollars are invested in programs that change lives and align with Heartland United Way’s bold goal to decrease childhood poverty. 

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers! Community Investment Volunteers work hard for change in our community. They represent the community as a whole and invest community dollars in programs that create real, lasting change in our community. Volunteers ensure the sound investment of funds entrusted to us by reviewing all of the programs and services the Heartland United Way invests in by evaluating each program and service, and making investment recommendations, which United Way’s Board of Directors approves. These trained volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, listen to presentations, study issues and complete a comprehensive evaluation to help United Way direct investments to the very best services across our community. Volunteers lead the review of funding requests, program outcomes, financial data, and past performance.

Please note: Volunteers are a current United Way donor or a Corporate Sponsor. Agency personnel for any grant applicant or program funded by the United Way is not eligible to participate.