Equity In Action
United We Rise: Community-Focused. Community-Driven.
United Way of the Wine Country strives to engage all community members throughout our five-county service area, especially those whose voices have been traditionally marginalized. To that end, we disperse designated donations through community-informed grants to trusted, highly effective Community Partners working directly with folks most in need of vital services.
Specifically, United Way of the Wine Country offers four Community Investment Funds to our individual and workplace giving donors. These funds include Pride United, Women United, Map One Sonoma, and the Emergency Readiness Fund. Each fund is supported by either an advisory board or a grant-making committee or both. With special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, these boards and committees are seated by volunteer community members representing all five counties in our service area.
We are committed to collaborating and cocreating
with community members, partners, and donors
to improve our targeted fundraising and strategic grantmaking.
What’s more, our Community Investment Funds are in themselves designed to elevate community voices and help individuals and families gain access to the resources they need to thrive. For instance, Pride United is composed of members of the LGBTQ+ community, and its grant process is transparent, rigorous, and geared to supporting LGBTQ+ programs and initiatives. Likewise, Women United community volunteers work collaboratively to award grants that fund programs that help improve financial stability for women throughout our service area.
Similarly, Map One Sonoma raises funds to be invested in opportunities designed to build community and climate resilience through innovative, inter-sectional “systems change” led by BIPOC organizations and volunteers. Our Emergency Readiness Fund is also geared to providing direct, community-informed grants in support of readiness and recovery to help address dramatic challenges stemming from climate change, human-made disasters, and corresponding economic downturns.
Complementing our community-driven work is our volunteer Community Board made up of community members from various backgrounds throughout our five-county service area working collectively to inform organizational planning and goal-setting. For each of our eight Community Board committees, we actively recruit volunteers with diverse lived experiences and intentionally create a culture grounded in a sense of purpose, belonging, and fairness.
As we look to a brighter future, United Way of the Wine Country is working diligently to invert the traditional paradigm of power and its corresponding systemic inequalities. From our Community Board to our community-informed grantmaking, we are committed to collaborating and cocreating with community members, partners, and donors to improve our targeted fundraising and strategic grantmaking.