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How We Invest

Grayson County Alliance Director, Debbie Childress, makes her case for funding as she speaks to the Community Investment Team during the grant applicant question and answer session.

The organizations we invest in help real people - which is why real people just like you determine where the donations go. Corporate donors, community members, as well as individuals from philanthropic and community organizations make up our Community Investment Team. These dedicated volunteers pore over each grant proposal and identify the local programs that align with our strategies and goals to create a lasting impact. With over 3,000 nonprofits in Central Kentucky, identifying which programs align with our community’s goals and aspirations is no small task. Our Community Impact Team volunteers spend over 900 hours determining which partnerships will create a lasting impact in our community.
The Selection Process
The process from initial concept to funding award includes the following steps:
  • 4 hours - Grant application training for nonprofits
  • 35 hours - Average time spent developing each grant application by nonprofits
  • 3 hours - Training for Community Investment Team volunteer grant reviewers
  • 30 hours - Review of all applications by each CIT member
  • 8 hours - Applicant Question & Answer session with CIT volunteers.
  • 12 hours - CIT deliberations and discussion
  • 1 hour - Funding recommendations reviewed by UWCK Board of Directors

Click here to learn more about our Community Impact Grants and allocations process for nonprofits. 

Meet our 2019 Community Investment Team Volunteers
Chad Sarver – CIT Chair, Altec Inc. 
Ray Springsteen, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
Scott Conway, Magnolia Bank
Brian Kerr, Kerr Workplace Solutions 
Greg Rovinski, Hardin Memorial Health
Sherry Powers, Bluegrass Cellular
David Fegett, Elizabethtown Police
Henry Alston, Ret. Fort Knox
Steve Phillips, Swope Family of Dealerships
Mary Young, The Cecilian Bank
Steve White, Hardin Memorial Health
Daniel London, Hardin County Government
CJ Quick, Brighter Futures Counseling
Alan Alsip, AGC
Brett Barnes, Metalsa
Donnie Board, Tender Touch
Alfreda Weedman, Community Representative
Bill Oldham, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
Teresa McMahan, Lonneman & McMahan
Bill Corum, Meade Co. Economic Dev.
Tracy Schiller, Retired Chief of Police
Rob Scherff, Akebono
Trena Floyd, WesBanco

Special thanks to Fort Knox Federal Credit Union for allowing United Way to use their facilities for all CIT meetings and for being gracious hosts to our CIT members and applicants.