Program areas at Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way distributed $10.35 million to the community through community partnership & impact investments grants. Grants were awarded to nonprofit agencies that provide services in four interconnected initiatives: giving all children a strong start and reading matters, developing tomorrow's talent, and creating economic opportunity for all. Giving all children a strong start and reading matters are aimed to ensure all children are ready for school and reading at grade level or beyond by the end of third grade. Developing tomorrow's talent strives to ensure all youth graduate from High school and are ready to transition to college, advanced training, or the workplace. Creating economic opportunity is focused on ensuring all individuals and families are afforded the opportunity to move toward economic success.
Mile High United Way responsibly fulfills donor intent, including donations that donors designate to nonprofit agencies other than Mile High United Way. Mile High United Way processed $7.5 million in donor designations, distributing funds to over 1,100 non-profit agencies across the United states. Mile High United Way verifies that each agency is eligible to receive charitable donations and requires each agency to certify its compliance with the usa patriot act and other counterterrorism laws.
Community impact services consist of technical assistance and programmatic support which is offered to nonprofit agencies in our community. Mile High United Way invested $2.3 million on advocacy, technical assistance, program development, evaluation (data tracking, analysis, and collection), volunteers, program quality improvement, and professional development. Expenses for internal programs totaled $9.8 million and include the 2-1-1 help center, a free confidential community referral service, which received approximately 125,000 contacts from people looking for resources such as food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options, legal assistance, and other services to meet basic needs. Bridging the gap, a program which provides support to more than 132 emancipated foster care youth with housing, employment, financial literacy, health, and leadership development; and the United neighborhoods is a community based dual-generational approach that strengthens under-resourced neighborhoods in metro denver.