Focused Investments

United Way fights for the health, education, and economic well-being of every person in every community.

United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) aims to enhance community well-being at a generational scale. With nearly a century of service, UWGCR has grown to support hundreds and thousands of people through community-wide collective giving, support for a critical network of nonprofit partners, strategic community investments, innovation in human services, effective partnerships across the business, public and nonprofit sectors, meaningful ways for individuals to help others.

Building a Bigger We

2024-2026 Focused Investments

Focused Investments are UWGCR's largest competitive, responsive grant. They are multi-year, unrestricted grants open to community-based organizations operating in any or all of UWGCR's eight-county footprint. 

United Way's Focused Investments aim to empower ALICE households in the Capital Region to move beyond crisis and towards prosperity. They seek to support community-driven solutions that address immediate basic needs in education, health, and economic well-being while prioritizing equity, effectiveness, and sustainability. The Focused Investments represent United Way's primary responsive investment platform, designed to bolster community-driven solutions aimed at addressing the immediate needs and rights of ALICE households. We aim to invest in community-based organizations that empower ALICE households, viewing their efforts as a strategy to foster a strong, resilient democracy that benefits the broader population, not just a select few.

We are looking for organizations that equitably, effectively, and sustainably meet individuals’ and families’ immediate basic needs in education, health, and economic well-being. We are looking for organizations that uplift and build power for and with ALICE.  Investments will be made to sustain or scale successful practices.

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in critical programs and complex social change with a high return on community investment.


people, resources, sectors and initiatives to unite toward common goals.


to achieve a thriving community for all.

2022-2023 Focused Investment Partners