United Way Grants Support Strategic Planning of Local Nonprofits

November 7, 2018


United Way Grant Supports Strategic Planning of Local Nonprofits

ANN ARBOR, MI (November 7, 2018) - United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) invested $6,000 to support the strategic planning efforts of four nonprofit organizations in Washtenaw County that provide an array of safety net services to local residents.

The strategic planning activities benefited the following organizations: Northfield Human Services, Friends in Deed, Child Care Network and The Corner Health Center. Each organization received $1,500 to identify the strategies that will best enable the advancement of its mission for the next 3-5 years.

“Strategic planning is a vital piece of nonprofit health and stability, and we recognized that it is not often prioritized among funders,” shares Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact. “We wanted to both support agency learning on this topic and reinforce that learning with actual dollars to carry out the work.”

This investment opportunity was paired with a workshop led by local expert, Susan McGraw and agency directors who shared their real-world strategic planning experience and answered attendee questions. Over 50 staff from 29 agencies attended the session and had the opportunity to apply for the strategic planning grants.

“United Way continues to find creative ways to be responsive to local agency needs, and our whole community thrives when nonprofits are as effective as they can be,” said Pam Smith, President & CEO of UWWC.

These funds were made available through the Bill Fileti Memorial Fund which was established to build capacity within the United Way and the strategic planning efforts of local agencies UWWC supports. Fileti was an animating force in the creation of United Way’s strategic plan, as he recognized the value of this work. Grants will be made available annually for the next two years.



As part of our 96-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability provide the building blocks to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our Volunteer Center provides an easy online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.




Breanna Wheeler