Community Investments

About Our Investments
In 2013, the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that set an exciting new direction for our work. Recognizing that every community benefits when individuals, groups, and institutions work together to solve shared problems, United Way volunteers foster cross-sector collaboration to collectively focus on identifying critical needs, comprehensive solutions and permanent results. It is within this context that we are committed to designing new funding strategies that support adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness within our investments. In addition, we continue to offer agency certification, which is a public classification that demonstrates that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health; effective and ethical governance; and strategy and program results. 


2018 Agency Certification - Application Information

The United Way of South Hampton Roads invites applications for the 2018 certification process, including:

          • Applications for Re-Certification
​                 for currently certified agencies. This year, currently certified agencies seeking re-certification are not required to attend an information session. 

            • Applications for New Agency Certification
                  for those interested in becoming a certified agency.  Attending an Information Session is required prior to applying.  


Information Sessions for New Agencies

These sessions are geared towards nonprofit organizations that are not currently certified by the United Way. The sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the Community Investments process, the benefits and eligibility requirements of United Way certification, and United Way strategic initiatives that may align with the work of your organization.

Please register online for one of the following sessions:   

            • Monday, November 27, 2:30-4:00 PM

            • Friday, December 1, 9:00-10:30 AM 

How to Apply

To pursue certification, organizations must use the United Way’s submission portal, offered through Zengine by Wizehive.
A link to the portal will be available here starting on December 4, 2017.

For new agencies, the application process is time intensive for both the submitting agency and for the volunteer reviewers.  As you consider applying, please carefully review the basic eligibility requirements on page 6 of the Guide to 2017 Community Investments ( Under Submission Support Resources). 


Important Dates
To apply for certification, agencies must complete and submit two application parts by the corresponding deadlines:

            • December 4th - Online application system (Zengine) opens
            • January 19th - Deadline to submit Part 1: Organizational Overview
            • February 2nd - Deadline to submit Part 2: Certification (Financials, Governance, and Programs)


Submission Support Resources

Additional resources may be posted as they become available.


If you have questions or are interested in inquiring about our investment opportunities, please contact:

Kathleen Banfield
Director, Community & Partner Engagement
757-853-8500 ext. 192
Email Kathleen

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