Community Investment Committee

Funding Process

United Way of Kenosha County invests local dollars in the community through our grantmaking process.  Funding decisions align with our goal of building an educated workforce.  Our grants are invested in high-performing, nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with the three strategic areas of health, education, and financial stability.

Organizations requesting funding must:

  • Serve Kenosha County residents

  • Have an active board of trustees

  • Adhere to ethical standards

  • Provide evidence of financial accountability

  • Be tax-exempt as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

United Way of Kenosha County does not fund:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin

  • Political causes, candidates organizations or campaign

IN addition to funding local nonprofits, united way of kenosha county funds several of its own initiatives in health, education, and financial stability.




Readers Are Leaders Tutoring

Imagination Library

YAR (Youth As Resources)

Financial Stability


Basic Needs

IMPACT 2-1-1

Community Investment Committee

Help determine how United Way dollars are invested.  On an annual basis, United Way of Kenosha County provides funding to local programs that have proven their effectiveness.  Through a process we call Community Investment, donor volunteers lead the review of funding requests, program outcomes, financial data and past performance.  Most of the work takes place between February and June.  Volunteers should be able to commit to monthly meetings of one or more hours, as well as site visits to local nonprofits.   

Being a Community Investment Volunteer means:

  • Working together with other volunteers throughout our region

  • Sharing your skills and learning more about our community

  • Reviewing and scoring Partner Programs program applications submitted by Partner Agencies

  • Making importent decisions on investing donated funds

  • Making a difference in our communities

As a Community Investment Volunteer, you will give approximately 20 hours of service to the community from January through May. 

We are currently accepting volunteers for the 2019-2020 funding cycle. Sign up to be a volunteer by completing the United Way of Kenosha County Community Investment Volunteer Application.  To request more information, please contact Laurie McDonald at or call 262-658-4104.