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Does United Way ever discontinue funding to an agency or program?

Yes. Some programs are designed as ‘pilots’ specifically funded or planned for a pre-determined duration.

Also, United Way will reduce or discontinue funding for agencies for a variety of reasons. Our agency review process identifies the need to consider a phased reduction or cessation of United Way funding to a funded agency. It may be the agency has governance issues, outcome measurement shortfall or simply no more requirements for United Way funding due to government or other funding sources meeting its financial needs. United Way has an evolving community investment strategy that requires agency community impact plan alignment.

Before de-funding an agency, United Way engages in a discussion with the agency to remedy any performance or accountability issues, implement efficiency building strategies or engage United Way volunteers to assist with governance, financial management or program delivery assistance. Discontinuance of agency funding from United Way is usually a phased, collaborative process.

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