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FIRST QUARTER 2018

LIVE UNITED you GIVE WHERE LIVE / In This Issue / OUR STORY WELCOME NEW CIC MEMBERS DOLLARS & SENSE SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT WHY I GIVE UPCOMING EVENTS


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United Way is the only organization equipped to help people put their lives back together long after a crisis happens. Our commitment to provide long-term solutions to improving health, education and financial stability via our funded partners is a testament to the power of United Way.

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE

Your story. Our ending. By: Deborah V. Bowie, President & CEO

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magine that you’ve been living in a modest apartment and had the same job for 17 years to provide for you and your family. The kids have now graduated and all have jobs. Life is pretty good. Then, you learned you have high blood pressure and a series of other chronic illnesses. You had to divide your income between paying living expenses and the cost of expensive medication. You’ve never asked for public assistance, and your family and friends aren’t financially able to help. Now, you’re drowning in debt, and your manager asks why you miss so many days at work. Across town, a couple fights with their insurance company over the cost to repair their home after a large oak tree came crashing through the frame. Debris, water, insects—you name it, it’s all now inside the house they’ve worked hard to maintain. The cost to repair far exceeds their coverage, even with insurance. Suddenly, Hurricane Irma has led the husband to debate cashing out his 401K to pay some of the difference, while his wife worries they can’t afford to borrow from their retirement.

Two stories of families in a crisis, but for very different reasons. Both families received help from United Way. For the past year, your United Way rose to the challenge to help real people solve real problems—many of them difficult and all of them heartbreaking. Hurricane Irma left many families to deal with expenses they never budgeted for. The challenges of everyday people faced with unplanned medical expenses are a real burden that lead many to choose between food, rent and medicine. United Way is the only organization equipped to help people put their lives back together long after a crisis happens. Our commitment to provide long-term solutions to improving health, education and financial stability via our funded partners is a testament to the power of United Way. We were fortunate this year to receive emergency funding through United Way Worldwide, as well as our state agency, to provide relief for people who suffered damage and losses due to Hurricane Irma. The message of “give where you live” took on new prominence. The work of our volunteers and donors

to keep investing in programs that serve North Central Florida remains our first priority. Together with the commitment of volunteers and donors, United Way is there, responding, helping and solving. We all have a story. Some of them require others to help write a better ending. Let’s keep doing, keep giving and keep our promise to #LiveUnited. 

The message of “give where you live” took on new prominence. The work of our volunteers and donors to keep investing in programs that serve North Central Florida remains our first priority. Together with the commitment of volunteers and donors, United Way was there, responding, helping and solving.


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WELCOME NEW CIC MEMBERS United Way of North Central Florida’s Community Investment Council (CIC) volunteers are people who live and work in our community and spend thousands of hours researching, visiting and discussing how best to invest your gift to United Way agencies. These volunteers

participate in extensive reviews of program plans and budgets to make decisions about what programs are funded. We are pleased to introduce four new members to our CIC. 

Serving on the Community Investment Council allows me to support an organization I truly believe in while giving back to my community.” –Bill Bird, Publix

I have supported United Way through my workplace for years and now I wanted to be more involved with our community.” –John Sanchez, Capital City Bank

United Way of North Central Florida’s Community Investment Council (CIC) volunteers are people who live and work in our community and spend thousands of hours researching, visiting and discussing how best to invest your gift to United Way agencies.

The opportunity to be a part of the Community Investment Council allows me to follow my passion for community service and use my background in public health simultaneously. I look forward to contributing to United Way of North Central Florida!” –Mana Rose, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

“I am excited to join the Community Investment Council so I may get reacquainted with United Way and their ties with the community. I enjoyed my time as a Loaned Executive back in 2016 and wanted to stay involved with the organization.” –Bobby Nellis, Publix


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DOLLARS & SENSE Shifting our immediate needs funding model to ensure long-term commitments are met within our community. By: Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact

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ne of the things few people know about United Way of North Central Florida is that we commit to Community Investment funding before we actually raise the money. Several years ago, as we shifted our funding model to ensure long-term commitments to improving health, education and financial stability, our community experienced a surge in shelter, utility and food assistance requests. When the economy officially tanked, we decided to make large commitments in order to ameliorate the suffering in our community. This meant going into our reserves. Although not a long-term solution, it was the right thing to do. In keeping with our original intent to be more proactive in our response to the immediate needs of the region via grant investments in partner programs, we restructured our funding cycle from a three-year commitment to an annual one. This annual review aligns with United Way’s mid-year financial review and allows us to carefully review all factors including the performance of workplace, residential and Small Business Partner campaigns.

One of the things few people know about United Way of North Central Florida is that we commit to Community Investment funding before we actually raise the money.

Our 25-member volunteer Community Investment Council (CIC) has the sole responsibility of recruiting and vetting potential agency partners, as well as investing donor dollars in evidenced-based programs. These programs align with our impact goals and demonstrate commitment to providing services to underserved populations in our six-county footprint. The CIC uses a Results-Based Accountability framework to maximize resources, minimize reduction of services and facilitate collective impact. In addition to the highly structured process, program applications are evaluated by all CIC members and site visits are conducted by teams of three or more accompanied by a United Way staff member. The final step is a deliberation process whereby CIC members examine all factors and propose a funding recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. Immediate Needs Funding for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 will be announced in June. ďƒŹ


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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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ur 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 Philip Turner of Philip Marcel Photography, Chris Bates of DEX Imaging and Leanna Iacobellis of Regis HR Group, visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight. To sign up for our e-newsletter, please visit www.unitedwayncfl.org. To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Dana Clayton at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org. 

One of my goals in life is to positively affect and help as many people as possible. The United Way Community Investment Fund allows me to reach further and be more impactful than I could do alone.” –Philip Turner, Philip Marcel Photography

Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community.

I am passionate about the Community Investment Fund because like many others, I was unaware of the opportunities we have locally to help those in need. Learning about what United Way does is impressive and humbling, knowing that every dollar raised goes back to the communities we live, work and play in.”

When you invest locally, the change can quickly be seen. To know that our donation could be helping our neighbors or the businesses down the street gives a good feeling about the future for our kids and development within the area.” –Leanna Iacobellis, Regis HR Group

–Chris Bates, DEX Imaging

READ THE FULL INTERVIEWS www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight

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WHY I GIVE

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As a businessperson and mother, I am strongly committed to the education goals set forth by United Way. I want to be a part of the solution to ensure our local children are given the best opportunity to succeed. United Way does a great job of

SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT Thank you to all who attended our first-ever Small Business Summit on February 2, where Mark Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, delivered an illuminating Keynote speech. A special thank you to our event sponsor Front Street and the tabling Small Business Partners.

working with partner agencies to leverage funds and ensure that programs are results-driven. I am a member of Women United and proud to be a ReadingPal. I give to ensure that our children have the best chance. –Andrea McClintic, Enterprise Holdings

upcoming events LEADERSHIP RECEPTION

May 31, 2018, 6:00 pm Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention 811 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601

CEO BREAKFAST June 28, 2018, 7:30 am Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606

EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR BREAKFAST July 26, 2018, 8:30 am Nationwide Insurance 3300 SW Williston Rd. Gainesville, FL 32608

WOMEN UNITED ONCE UPON A TIME… Thank you to everyone who jumped through the rabbit hole and attended Once Upon A Time… With Alice in Wonderland presented by Women United. Special thank you to our event sponsor TD Bank! And thank you to the vendors who donated a portion of their proceeds to our ReadingPals program. Please visit www.facebook.com/ unitedwayncfl to see more photos from the event.


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ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM STAFF/EXECUTIVE TEAM

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

COMMUNITY IMPACT TEAM

Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator Marilyn Taylor, VITA Coordinator

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Lauri Schiffbauer, Director of Resource Development Amber Miller, Resource Development Manager Chad McGinnis, Database Manager Ali Hill, Database Associate

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Amy Azoulay, Director of Communications Angela Chan, Communications Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee Nick Banks, Front Street, Chair Scott Thomas, Infinite Energy, Finance Chair Dr. Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College, Member-At-Large Dennis Gies, Community Volunteer, Ex-Officio Melanie Ross, UF Health, Member-At-Large Board Members Tracy Bachmann, Waymaker Communications Jaime Baldwin, Info Tech, Inc. Pastor Gerard Duncan, Prayers by Faith Ministries Bill Gair, University of Florida Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools Shaney Livingston, Alachua County Library District Andrea McClintic, Enterprise Holdings Kevin Monroe, Cox Communications Greg Moraski, Nationwide Bob Page, Harbor Community Bank Lisa Patton, Publix Monica Perez-McMillen, Law Offices of Monica McMillen, P.A. Brad Pollitt, UF Health Todd Powell, Weyerhaeuser John Power, Alachua County Tax Collector Doug Ray, Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner Kelly Shaer, James Moore Dr. Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Jeff Thieman, Campus USA Credit Union

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