United Way’s Powered By Purpose Series Commences with “Meet the Funders” Event

United Way of Indian River County recently orchestrated a dynamic gathering, uniting local funders and nonprofit professionals for an enlightening session spotlighting grant opportunities available to nonprofits dedicated to enhancing our local community.


The Powered by Purpose series brings together esteemed community leaders and subject-matter experts who share insights on various topics of significance. This platform is designed to empower participants with a deeper understanding of critical issues, communal challenges, collaborative opportunities, available resources, and pathways for active involvement.


The inaugural installment of this six-part series, hosted at the Northern Trust, was aptly named “Meet the Funders.” This event provided a forum for grantors to articulate the vital information they seek from potential grantees as funding organizations. Concurrently, it offered nonprofit entities the chance to identify funding avenues that resonate with their mission and the communities they serve.


Meredith Egan, CEO of United Way of Indian River County, expressed, “Our objective was to foster a forum where diverse perspectives could converge in a vibrant exchange of ideas. We aim to bridge the gap between unmet needs and the remarkable wealth and generosity that thrive within our community. By doing so, we can optimally allocate resources to enhance the overall quality of life for every resident of Indian River.”


The event saw an impressive turnout of funders, collectively representing a substantial commitment of over $20 million in support for local organizations. These funders comprised a mix of public and private supporters, including notable entities like Grand Harbor Community Outreach, Inc., Indian River County Hospital District, Impact 100, Indian River Club Head Heart and Hands, Indian River Community Foundation, Indian River County’s Children’s Services Advisory Council, John’s Island Community Service League, Johns Island Foundation, and Quail Valley Charities.


Following each funder’s presentations, event attendees were provided the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with the funders, enabling them to seek clarification on eligibility and establish valuable connections. This event further strengthened the bond between philanthropists and the pertinent concerns and needs of the local nonprofit sector, facilitating more effective and strategic charitable giving.


To learn more about United Way’s funding opportunities, please contact Deana Shatley at (772) 567-8900, ext. 114, or [email protected].


About United Way of Indian River County


United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website, UnitedWayIRC.org.  

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