Volunteers kicked off the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s grant review process Wednesday, January 15, with a meet and greet luncheon at the Royal Poinciana Chapel.
Each year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way entrusts Allocation Committee volunteers to review applications for grant funding and decide how best to allocate yearly contributions from more than 4,000 donors. This is the 75th year of the grant allocation process. When the Town of Palm Beach United Way was incorporated in 1945, 13 member agencies received a combined $23,617. Last year the committee distributed more than $3.2 million to 43 non-profit agencies in Palm Beach County that in turn served nearly 320,000 residents.
This year, 103 volunteers on 14 teams (click here for roster) will participate in the allocation process. They will evaluate grant requests from 41 local non-profits for help funding education, health and income-based programs in Palm Beach County. During the next three months, volunteers will analyze key financial documents, visit the agencies, meet with staff and board members, and ultimately make funding recommendations to the Town of Palm Beach United Way Board of Trustees.
Photos by Capehart