Coordinated Funding

Who are the “Washtenaw Coordinated Funders?”

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are a collaboration of the Office of Community Development (representing the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and Washtenaw Urban County), the United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and the RNR Foundation.

What is “Coordinated Funding?”

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders seek to better coordinate our funding of human service programs in Washtenaw County around shared priorities. This effort involves better sharing of information among us, closer work with local nonprofits to establish common community goals, and increased cooperation in our funding decisions. For a more detailed description, please download this Coordinated Funding Executive Summary published by the TCC Group, which conducted an independent evaluation of Coordinated Funding in 2012. You can also download the formal Coordinated Funding Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by all six funding partners and serves as the basis for our partnership.

Is Coordinated Funding Working?

Based on a recent independent process evaluation of our effort, we believe Coordinated Funding is working. Over the course of 2012, a process evaluation was conducted by an independent third party evaluation firm, TCC Group, to identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement with the model. We are pleased to share with you the full findings from this evaluation:

What are the Anticipated Benefits of Coordinated Funding?

We believe using a more coordinated approached will strengthen our community by:

  • supporting shared, community-wide strategies
  • reducing gaps and redundancies
  • focusing the attention of donors, funders, policy-makers, and nonprofit service providers on outcomes
  • stretching community resources to the greatest extent possible

Questions, Concerns, and Feedback

We welcome your ongoing engagement in this new process! To discuss any questions, concerns, or feedback, you may contact any of us:

  • Debbie Jackson from the United Way of Washtenaw County (lead agency for Planning & Coordination grant-making)
  • Mary Jo Callan from the Office of Community Development (lead agency for Program Operations grant-making)
  • Neel Hajra from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (lead agency for Capacity-Building grant-making)