Newsroom Update

UWGRP Empowers Community Impact With $4.2 Million In Support For Programs And Initiatives Helping Those In Need

Richmond, Va. (November 27, 2023) – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg (UWGRP) announced its 2024 fiscal year community funding efforts, including $4.2 million, as part of its ongoing commitment to uplifting the community. Three separate areas provide the funding:

Grants support local nonprofits
United Way continues to champion the crucial services delivered by 72 community-led programs operating within 54 agencies across the region by awarding $2 million in grants. These programs deliver vital services to individuals and families residing throughout the Greater Richmond and Petersburg area. The programs selected for funding by United Way’s volunteer-led Community Impact Council align with United Way’s Steps to Success framework—a holistic approach addressing nine crucial areas of need, from kindergarten readiness and financial literacy to ensuring the well-being and connection of older adults. Donations made directly to United Way make these grants possible and are combined to form the Community Impact Fund.

United Way-led initiatives making an impact
United Way also acquired nearly $900,000 in separate funding to advance United Way-led initiatives aimed at driving the growth and prosperity of the community that are aligned with the Steps to Success framework. These initiatives are Everyday Strong (youth mental health education), the United Way Tax Assistance Program, WomenRise (childcare assistance), and Kindergarten Countdown Camp. United Way also manages initiatives such as Energy Share and the Emergency Food & Shelter Program.

Workplace campaigns extend United Way’s reach
Additionally, United Way works with socially responsible businesses of all sizes to positively impact the community by providing a giving platform where individuals may designate their gifts to go directly to qualifying nonprofits. Workplace campaign efforts garnered an additional $1.3 million for nonprofits on top of the $2 million United Way awarded to nonprofits in Community Impact grants.

Barbara Couto Sipe, United Way’s recently appointed President and CEO, expresses her perspective on this year’s investments: “United Way’s mission is deeply rooted in supporting the indispensable services our community relies on, uplifting individuals and families on their journey to success. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our individual donors, workplace partners, and nonprofit partners whose dedication to our local community knows no bounds.”