Eyes and Ears of Donors: Town of Palm Beach United Way welcomes Allocation Committee volunteers
The allocations process is one of the most important responsibilities we have at the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
We are committed to ensuring donor dollars are effectively and efficiently invested into education, health and income-based programs in Palm Beach County that address the most critical health and human service needs in our community.
So each year, we ask dozens of community volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of more than 2,500 donors by vetting these programs to make sure they achieve measurable results and meet the needs of the most vulnerable children, individuals and families in our community.
“Our generous contributors know that we take the allocation process very seriously and can count on our committee to ensure their dollars are invested wisely into our partner agencies making a real difference in Palm Beach County,” said Board Chairman Jay Boodheshwar.
On Monday, January 22 about 100 of our Allocation Committee volunteers kicked off the grant review process with a meet and greet cocktail part at Renato’s Palm Beach.
Photos by Capehart Photography
During the next three months, these volunteers will evaluate 96 grant requests from 46 local non-profits. They’ll 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.
“It is a laborious process but one that is engaging and fulfilling,” said Jorge Cabrera, co-chairman of the Allocation Committee with Tish Carlo and Betsy Turner. “You learn more about our community, what needs are and are not being met, and see firsthand how donations directly impact our community.”
The Allocation Committee volunteers are a diverse group of community representatives with a broad range of expertise and skill. Their knowledge, passion and dedication to this process is invaluable to the Town of Palm Beach United Way and the community we serve.
Since the volunteer-driven review process began in 1945, more than $69 million has been invested in programs that put kids on the path to success, ensure people are healthy and safe, and address food, housing and income needs to improve the quality of life for struggling residents in Palm Beach County. Last year alone, the Allocation Committee funded 88 health and human services programs at 45 partner agencies throughout Palm Beach County, totaling $3.4 million in grants.