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Giving donors a first-hand look at the impact their contributions have on our community is not only worthwhile, it’s a lot of fun too! Thank you to Candies Limousines and Motorcoaches for sponsoring this important program.


The idea of ‘Shelter’ and ‘Services’ always feels different when you experience the visuals of the space and see the evidence of client interactions in the form of rooms occupied, artwork, food pantry items, and the general demeanor of working advocates.” –Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network

Every donor has questions as to how the money they donate is spent and on these tours they actually get to ask questions of the people doing the work. Reading statistics on a report does not give the full story, seeing it in person will make the participant understand the mission.” –John Barli, Executive Director, Catholic Charities

Seeing the Child Advocacy Center’s services through the eyes of the children and being able to sit in their small chairs, really allows visitors to consider how children feel when they have been abused and starting the healing process.” –Sherry Kitchens, President/CEO, Child Advocacy Center


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hen out and about in the community, most people have heard about United Way. Generally, they recognize our logo, know we do good work, but not much more. In honor of our 60th anniversary, we decided to give our donors a firsthand look at what their donation dollars are doing in the community and thus, the creation of United Way Express. United Way Express is a series of bus tours that visit three of our Community Impact Partners’ funded programs. These tours give our donors the opportunity to learn more about the 35 local programs that are funded through the Community Investment Fund. It also gives them a chance to ask questions and see the programs in a way they never have before.

These bus tours, sponsored by Candies Limousines and Motorcoaches, focus on how the programs improve the health, education and financial stability of the people they serve. For example, at Catholic Charities, you can help pack backpacks for the more than 700 kids participating in the Weekend Hunger Backpack Program; at Child Advocacy Center, you will see the therapy rooms where children are interviewed once about their traumatic experience; and at Peaceful Paths, you will see the emergency shelter facility where families temporarily stay to escape their abusers. Save your seat on the bus! Contact Dana Clayton at or call 352-331-2800. 

We invite you to come take a ride on the United Way Express and learn something new about your community. United Way Express Dates:

June 7, 2017 October 18, 2017





onors are the lifeblood of our agency. United Way of North Central Florida provides donors with the opportunity to transform their communities by collaborating with other nonprofit agencies, volunteers, businesses and schools in the co-creation of strategically focused community impact. Dedicated to positively impacting the education, health, safety and financial stability of people living in our region. Our partners must serve in Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy or Union Counties and support our mission to help those with the greatest needs. The Community Investment Fund is made up of unrestricted donations, including residential, workplace and

small business giving. The CI Fund is a 3-year commitment to partner programs that can demonstrate both alignment with our strategic plan and great promise in fulfilling our collective mission. Though an agency must first be an Impact Partner in order to be eligible to apply for funding, not all partners apply for funding, and not all partners who apply actually receive funding. Both the Impact Partner program and Community Investment Fund are separate opportunities managed by the Community Investment Council (CIC). The CIC is a 25-member volunteer council that evaluates and fully vets all Impact Partner applications and Community Investment Fund requests before making its recommendations to the UWNCFL Board of Directors for approval.


Once funded, Impact Partner programs report quarterly on specifically chosen performance measures using eCImpact software, an online data management system managed by United Way. Some partner agencies like Catholic Charities are extremely well known and serve large or varied groups of clients, while others like Friends of the Micanopy Library or Child Advocacy Center provide a niche service for much smaller populations. What we all have in common is our commitment to move the needle in several specific categories. Collectively, we commit to transparency, collaboration and increased accountability by using the Results-Based Accountability process to turn the curve in the troubling trends we see in our community. The RBA process is a structure that allows funded partners to go from talk to action. 

WE ARE LASER FOCUSED ON THESE OUTCOMES: Education: Increase high school graduation rate to 90% by 2018 •A  ssist children in achieving early learning success • I mprove access to quality, affordable childcare •A  ssist 2nd & 3rd grade children in improving reading skills •P  rovide after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk youth •P  artner with schools and parents to improve high school graduation rates

Health: Children and adults are healthy and safe in home, community and school, and have increased access to dental and medical care • I ncrease access to critical health care services for adults and seniors •R  educe child abuse and domestic abuse • Improve dental care for children

Income: Reduce domestic impediments to education created by poverty •S  upport working families to obtain new skills and stable housing •S  upport homeless children with food, shelter and other basic needs •P  rovide transition and support services for low/fixed income families

For more information, contact Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact at or visit impact-partners.

Immediate needs: Respond to community’s needs including food, shelter, utility payment assistance, safety and other imminent needs

DOLLARS & SENSE At United Way of North Central Florida, we talk about “leverage” a lot. But, what does it actually mean? What does it mean when we say that dollars donated to the Community Investment Fund have an average leverage of 3-to-1? Let’s break it down to simple dollars and sense. When an individual chooses to give to United Way of North Central Florida’s Community Investment Fund, they are choosing to support 35 programs at 26 local agencies. Agencies, such as, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, Girls Place, ElderCare of Alachua County, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and more. All of that money stays local and helps men, women, children and seniors all over North Central Florida. When some of these same local agencies receive dollars from the Community Investment Fund, they are able to use them to draw down additional matching state and federal grant dollars. For example, for every dollar the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County receives from the Community Investment Fund, they receive an additional $16 from matching grants. The Early Learning Coalition is not alone; several of the funded organizations also receive matching grants. As a result of these matching dollars, on average, every $1 you give becomes $3 more of impact in the community! You can also rest assured that all of the funded organizations are thoroughly vetted and are doing the most good with those dollars.



WHY I GIVE I started giving to United Way in the early 80s. The leadership team I was working with allowed me to take a United Way tour, very similar to the United Way Express Bus Tours happening now. I remember how it opened my eyes to the needs of this community. I also came away with the understanding that by donating through United Way my monies would be put to use in the areas

HEARTS UNITE Thank you to everyone who attended our special Diamond Anniversary Hearts Unite! Special thank you to our wonderful guest speakers John Alexander and Ellie Chisholm for their moving words. If you were unable to attend, you may make your anniversary pledge online at Please visit unitedwayncfl to see more photos from this event and others.

most needed. I don’t have to research any information to make that determination because it’s already taken care of by United Way and the community volunteers who spend time reviewing requests and allocating our donations. I’m excited to be Co-Chairing Women United and working with a strong group committed to supporting the ReadingPals Early Literacy Initiative, as well as other programs that are making a difference in our community.” –Laura Gunter, TD Bank, United Way Donor and Co-Chair of Women United

upcoming events

SECOND ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION RECEPTION April 18, 2017, 5:30 pm ElderCare of Alachua County, Senior Center

A NIGHT OF THANKS: LEADERSHIP RECEPTION May 18, 2017, 5:30 pm Innovation Hub

CEO/COMMUNITY LEADER BREAKFAST June 7, 2017, 7:30 am Best Western Gateway Grand

EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR BREAKFAST & TRAINING July 28, 2017, 8:30 am Nationwide Café Conference Room




mall businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. To read the full interviews with Linda Bainter of Lovin’ the Light Photography, Dr. Rick Parent of Parent Dental Group and Jorge Villalobos of The Best Restoration, visit To sign up for our e-newsletter, please visit To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Chris Wells at 

By giving funds through United Way, we ensure that our contributions stay in our community, supporting families in our area.”

Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy.

I love that my contribution remains here in Alachua County. It’s local teamwork at its best!” –Linda Bainter, Lovin’ the Light Photography

—Jorge Villalobos, The Best Restoration

I love the life that Gainesville has provided for me and my family. The only way to express my appreciation for that is to take care of Gainesville; return the favor. – Dr. Rick Parent, Parent Dental Group


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Deborah V. Bowie, President & CEO Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations Mary Broadfoot, Board Liaison & Human Capital Associate


Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator Jason Giancarlo, VITA Coordinator


Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Chris Wells, Director, Small Business Partners Chad McGinnis, Database Manager Lauri Schiffbauer, Workplace Campaign Manager


Amy Azoulay, Director of Communications


Executive Committee Nick Banks, Front Street, Chair Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Vice Chair Kay Ayers, AvMed, Past Board Chair Dr. Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College, Member-At-Large Dennis Gies, Community Volunteer, Ex-Officio Kenneth Kurdziel, James Moore & Company, Finance Chair Melanie Ross, UF Health, Member-At-Large Board Members Tracy Bachmann, Waymaker Communications Bill Gair, University of Florida Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools Lt. Brandon Kutner, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Shaney Livingston, Alachua County Library District Kevin Monroe, Cox Communications Greg Moraski, Nationwide Arpita Oselimo, Reggae Shack Café Bob Page, Harbor Community Bank Lisa Patton, Publix Todd Powell, Weyerhaeuser John Power, Alachua County Tax Collector Brad Pollitt, UF Health Doug Ray, Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner Dr. Jen Day Shaw, University of Florida Dr. Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Jeff Thieman, Campus USA Credit Union Scott Thomas, Infinite Energy John Varela, RTI Surgical


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