United Way investment not taken lightly

By Gene Zweben, Esq.,  Fund Distribution Chair for United Way of Martin County and managing partner of Zweben Law Group, P.A.

It’s not an easy job to determine the amount of money that each program requesting funds from United Way will receive – so many needs exist in our community and there is never enough money to take care of them all. In light of this, it is even more crucial that funds are distributed in the most effective way possible. 
As the fund distribution chair for United Way of Martin County, I help oversee the annual citizen review process.  Each spring, United Way recruits volunteers, donors and community leaders to review grant requests for local programs that strive to enhance education, financial stability and health in our community. This year, more than 60 volunteers have been visiting local nonprofit organizations to review 55 program requests totaling nearly $1.4  million that cover everything from dental care for uninsured children to Alzheimer’s caregiver support.
As an attorney, I appreciate the analytic methodology that is put into practice for United Way’s citizen review process and it’s why after serving on a citizen review panel for the last four years I accepted the opportunity to serve as the fund distribution chair.  
I can say with certainty that when you give to United Way’s community impact fund, your investment is not taken lightly.  The process ensures oversight and fiduciary responsibly on behalf of all donors – it is the next best thing to physically being involved in the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit. 
Over the next few weeks we will be making the final recommendations on how the dollars raised in United Way’s community impact fund will be allocated. This is a crucial time and every dollar counts. I encourage you to visit www.unitedwaymartin.org to make a gift today so that we can put these dollars to work on local programs with proven results.