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Coordinated Funding

Background of Coordinated Funding

The Coordinated Funders adopted a funding model with three distinct components (Planning and Coordinating Entities, Program Operations Funding & Capacity Building Grants) designed to prevent gaps and avoid redundancies in services while streamlining application and reporting procedures for grantees. This effort involved better sharing of information, closer work with local nonprofits to establish common community goals, and increased cooperation in funding decisions.

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders seek to better coordinate our funding of human service programs in Washtenaw County around shared priorities. This effort involves better sharing of information among us, closer work with local nonprofits to establish common community goals, and increased cooperation in our funding decisions.

Goals of Coordinated Funding

  • Understand the full landscape of needs and distribute resources more strategically
  • Model the collaboration we espouse from funded agencies
  • Leverage each other’s funding and resources
  • Reduce or eliminate redundancies and streamline processes and procedures
  • Better coordinate grant-making processes so we can make better informed decisions together.

Coordinated Funding Partners

  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF)
  • Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), representing Washtenaw County, Urban County and the City of Ann Arbor
  • United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC)
  • RNR Foundation

COFU Infographic


Coordinated Funding Evaluation

  • We are pleased to share with you the findings from the evaluation of the Coordinated Funding Model. Over the course of 2012, a process evaluation was conducted by an independent third party evaluation firm, TCC Group, to identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement with the model.
  • Click here to download a copy of the April 2013 Full Evaluation Report of the Coordinated Funding Model.
  • Click here to read the Executive Summary of the evaluation.

More Information & Resources

For more information, contact:
Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact, bhealy@uwwashtenaw.org, 734.677.7209
Amanda Reel, Community Impact Manager, areel@uwwashtenaw.org, 734.677.7234

See the complete list of of all current investments made through the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders.

The Coordinated Funding Memorandum of Understanding for 2014-16 was signed by all six funding partners and serves as the basis for our partnership.

See the Coordinated Funding slides for a visual representation of funding structure

View the Coordinated Funding infographic.

Visit our Data Portal find data on various demographics, services, maps, gaps & needs, solutions & best practices, local blueprints, and tools & resources.

Planning and Coordination Partners

United Way of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation work together to ensure that agencies are working together to understand gaps, needs and solutions that require more attention than one single agency could handle on their own.

Our funding focus is on leadership, infrastructure and support to steer issue-specific collaborative efforts embodied in community plans/blueprints.

Our planning and coordination partners include:

Program Operations Partners

United Way of Washtenaw County and the Office of Community and Economic Development work together to provide and manage support to local nonprofit agencies providing core services and programs to meet human service needs in one of six priority areas.

Our funding focus is on performance-based funding support for the day-to-day expenses of delivering essential services in the agreed upon focus areas.

Our Focus Areas:

Capacity Building Partners

United Way of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation work together to award grants to help strengthen nonprofit agencies and the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Our funding focus is on one-time initiatives that strengthen a nonprofit organization and/or the sector as a whole, such as strategic planning, leadership development, program design and evaluation, collaborations and merger, and seed funding for new and innovative approaches.