Our community investments are backed by research, ensured by good stewardship and guided by our strategic plan, Vision 20:20.

Community Investment

United Way of Greater Houston’s community investment process is:

Volunteer-driven: A diverse pool of volunteers from across the community leads the process. Our volunteer Board of Trustees sets our strategic plan and approves all investment decisions.

Backed by research and data: Before any investment decisions are made, we study the needs in our community, issues facing our neighbors, efforts to address the needs and the potential for impact.

Results–oriented: Investment recipients provide outcomes information that demonstrates the value of their programs.

Comprehensive: Combines a review of financial and administrative information, program evaluation and site visits.

Ongoing: Investment recipients are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure quality service delivery and effectiveness.

Accountability and efficiency are two of the major differences of United Way of Greater Houston. We are proud to maintain an overhead of less than 12 percent, well below the Better Business Bureau's 35 percent overhead guidelines. You can rest assured that there is transparency and good stewardship throughout the process.

Overview of our Community Investment by goal area:

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