Non-Profit Investing and Resources

We work with some of the highest performing nonprofits, supporting agencies and programs that focus on building a stronger community for us all.

We support agencies and programs that focus on building a stronger community for us all, particularly in our focus areas of addressing basic needs, financial stability, education, and health. United Way remains a leader in tackling big, complex issues in Benton and Lincoln counties, bringing together many community partners to help solve them. We provide resources and funding to nonprofits whose strategies align with ours and invite 501(c)3 organizations that are outstanding in our funding areas to consider applying for grants through our funding opportunities.


Investing Strategy

United Way runs a competitive application process to support high quality programs serving individuals and families in our geographic footprint. Find more information here.


Funding Opportunities

  • Meeting Basic Needs
  • Breaking the Cycle: Investments fund long-term preventative projects implemented by a formal collaboration of service providers
  • EFSP: supplemental support to help expand the capacity of existing food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the jurisdiction (Benton County or Lincoln County, OR)
  • South Benton Advisory Group


Resources for Partners

There are more than 300 registered nonprofits in Benton and Lincoln counties. United Way understands that a strong nonprofit sector will translate into a stronger community. The following is a selection of resources we believe will help organizations aquire the knowledge, tools, and resources to fulfill their missions.


Independant Sector/  Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. This nonpartisan coalition leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill their vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens and effective institutions.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Rich Harwood

The Annie E. Casey Foundation/  The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. aims to provide a practical resource for those who work with communities (in the wider sense of the term) to help them identify and adopt more sustainable practices.

Idealist  Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. 

Performance & Management

PerformWell  Provides measurement tools and practical knowledge that human services professionals can use to manage their programs’ day-to-day performance. PerformWell envisions a one-stop online portal that has basic information on outcome indicators, logic models, evidence-based practices and general guidance on performance management.

The Society for Human Resource  SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management. Leading people. Leading organization

BoardSource  The premiere voice of nonprofit governance, is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. Its highly acclaimed programs and services mobilize boards so that organizations fulfill their missions, achieve their goals, increase their impact, and extend their influence.

Blue Avocado  Blue Avocado is a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. We publish on the 1st and 15th of every month through an HTML newsletter delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Thanks to its sponsors and members, Blue Avocado subscriptions are free.

Free Management Library  The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of you, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations.

Compass Point  Compass Point Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. They work with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology.

Fundraising & Storytelling

GrantStation/  Grant Station is an interactive website that allows grant seekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grant seeking process.We are dedicated to creating a civil society by assisting the nonprofit sector in its quest to build healthy and effective communities.

Society for Nonprofit Organizations  Since 1983, the Society has been providing nonprofit staff members, volunteers, and board members with affordable resources and information to work more effectively and efficiently towards accomplishing their mission.

The National Council of Nonprofit Associations  (NCNA) is the network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over 20,000 members in 41 states and the District of Columbia. NCNA links local organizations to a national audience through state associations and helps small and midsize nonprofits.

GoFundMe/www.gofundme.  Great on-line fundraising site

Network for Good/  Provides easy and affordable online fundraising



Ted/  TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).