In 2012, United Way of Southern Kentucky began the development of a Community Impact Plan and new approach to United Way business. Designed to create long-term community change, this plan will be a road map for United Way and our partners on how to build a better community that provides opportunity for all. It will guide us in connecting strengths and assets of our communities with opportunities to improve in measurable ways.
Over the course of 14 months, we listened to hundreds of people from across the ten-county area about their aspirations for a better community through a series of Community Conversations. We also heard from thousands of community members about the issues most important to them through a survey process. People of all ages, ethnicities and  income levels shared their thoughts and aspirations.

Clear themes were defined, crossing all segments of the population around issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net. This work is detailed in the following report: Voices for the Common Good: Southern Kentucky Speaks Out

Click here to download the report as a PDF.


Based upon the results of this in-depth community-driven research, United Way of Southern Kentucky has developed Community Impact strategies focused in the four categories defined above with seven priority areas each (click below to read more):

EDUCATION: Kindergarten Readiness; College & Career Readiness

INCOME: Workforce Development

HEALTH: Access to Health Care; Safe Home & Community

SAFETY NET: Transportation; Access to Basic Needs


In order to execute these strategies, UWSK has adopted a Community Impact funding model for 2016 and beyond. United Way will be working with community representatives to evaluate proposals and provide funding for these priorities. UWSK seeks proposals to implement this new Community Impact work. Organizations that are federally tax exempt, nonprofit, and currently providing, or could successfully implement, quality programs in alignment with one or more of these strategies are encouraged to apply for funding.