United Way of Central Alabama


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Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama

Sam Drew 3aTortorici, Goedecke UWCA’s Top 2015 Leadership

United Way welcomed its new volunteer leadership and celebrated its 2014 accomplishments at its 2015 Annual Meeting.

United Way President, Drew Langloh welcomed Samuel M. Tortorici, President & CEO of Cadence Bank, N.A. as he succeeds Terry Kellogg, President and CEO Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as United Way’s Chairman of the Board.    Nancy Goedecke, Chairman of the Board/CEO Mayer Electric succeeds Mark Drew as Campaign Chairman.  Click for complete story

Newly elected community leaders to the board are:

  • Keith Parrott, CEO Baptist Health System
  • Crawford Jones, Director of Customer & Revenue Management, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.
  • Thomas Hill, President & CEO Vulcan Materials
  • Holman Head, President & COO O’Neal Industries, Inc.
  • John McCullough, Senior VP & General Counsel, Harbert Management Company

New Appointments to the Executive Committee are:

  • Kenneth Carlson, Investment Director, The Trust Company of Stern Agee, Inc.
  • Nancy Goedecke, Chairman of the Board/CEO Mayer Electric
  • Douglas Coltharp Executive Vice President & CFO HealthSouth
  • Edward “Ned” Rand, Senior Vice President & CFO ProAssurance
  • Donnie Stanley, President Central Alabama Building and Construction 

2015 UWCA Vision Council RFP

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2015 Request for Proposals
United Way of Central Alabama
Education Vision Council

Point of Contact:
Dan Stephens
Vice President of Community Impact in Education
United Way of Central Alabama
(205) 458-2169

Background: The Education Vision Council of the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is assigned to guide UWCA’s new investments in education, in alignment with the goals and strategies set by the Bold Goals Coalition: www.boldgoals.org/education.

Eligibility: Grants are available to mission-driven, tax-exempt organizations operating within Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, and/or St. Clair counties. Both United Way and non-United Way funded agencies are encouraged to apply. For current United Way partners, any funds awarded through this RFP will be in addition to the funding that UWCA makes available through the annual allocations process to partner agencies. Summer learning programs should not submit proposals to the Education Vision Council. Instead, summer learning programs are invited to submit applications to the SAIL collaborative in the fall of 2015.

How to Submit a Proposal: Organizations interested in submitting proposals will follow a two-step process.

Step 1: Letter of Intent
Submit a letter of intent via email to dstephens@uwca.org no later than March 2, 2015. The letter of intent should not exceed two pages and should be attached to your email in PDF format. The letter of intent should include:

 A brief description of your organization and its mission, including a statement confirming the nature of your tax-exempt status.
 A summary of your proposal, including the outcomes you are seeking, the geographic areas you plan to serve, the other organizations with which you plan to partner, the timeline for implementation, and how your proposal demonstrates alignment with Bold Goals Education.
 A statement of the estimated total cost of the proposal, including the amount of your planned request from the Education Vision Council and the amount and sources of any additional funding.

Step 2: Full Proposals
The Education Vision Council will invite selected organizations to submit full proposals in response to the letters of intent. Full proposals will be due April 8, 2015, with funding decisions completed in June.

Focus Areas for Proposals:
The Education Vision Council requests proposals that focus on one or more of the following objectives:

 Improving access to quality Pre-K for underserved areas and populations
 Implementing the Gold Kindergarten Entry Assessment for kindergarten students in public school systems
 Developing or expanding long term reading and/or math-focused collaborations that include data sharing and student supports between an out-of-school time program and a school/school system
 Increasing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Rates for underserved areas and populations, including cooperation with schools to identify and reach students who have not completed the FAFSA
 Initiating or enhancing collaborative efforts among higher education providers and community partners to increase post-secondary retention and completion rates
 Initiating or enhancing collaborations among schools/school systems and local industries for career-track, vocational training opportunities

Additional Guidelines for Proposals:
1. Grant requests generally should not exceed $50,000. The Education Vision Council may consider grant requests in excess of $50,000 for multi-organization coalitions.
2. Proposals that include collaboration of at least two Bold Goals Coalition participating organizations are preferred. A list of participating organizations is available here: http://boldgoals.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Bold-Goals-Participating-Organzations-and-Chairs.pdf.
3. Proposals should include specific plans for measuring outcomes and should use metrics consistent with the stated goals and metrics of Bold Goals Education. See www.boldgoals.org/education for further reference.
4. Proposals should describe initiatives that are sustainable, replicable, and scalable and use proven, evidence-based practices.
5. The United Way Education Vision Council will give special consideration to initiatives serving students from schools and populations with significant achievement gaps.
6. The investment from UWCA should comprise no more than 75% of the total cost for personnel and/or benefits.
7. Grants are intended to serve populations within Jefferson, Blount, Walker, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. 


2015 United Way of Central Alabama Allocations

Allocations 2014

2015 Allocation Partner Funding Announced Since 1923, United Way of Central Alabama has proudly supported a network of health and human service organizations that work along side United Way to improve lives and community conditions.  In 2015 over 80 allocation partners and programs received funding because of your financial  support. Thank you


Central Alabama’s Generosity Puts United Way Over Goal

Goal2 smCentral Alabama continues its strong backing for critical programs and initiatives supported by United Way through another successful fundraising campaign. 2014 Volunteer Campaign Chairman, Mark Drew, Managing Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale, proudly announced today that the 2014 goal of $38,250,000 was met and exceeded with a total pledged of $38,255,109. The amount announced reflects pledge estimates and not the final results of  Click for complete story

 companies that are still conducting campaigns or individuals who have not renewed pledges in writing.

“This is an accomplishment our community can be proud of,” said Drew. “This year’s results are slightly higher than last year’s campaign, which will help our UW Agencies and other initiatives to continue moving forward in their efforts to meet the increasing needs in our community.”

The campaign began last summer with a Pacesetter campaign led by volunteer chairman John Turner of Regions Financial Corporation that raised more $11,315,051 from 49 businesses, nonprofits, municipal groups and corporations. Turner and his Pacesetter volunteers were awarded the Mervyn Sterne Award for exceptional campaign performance by a campaign team.

The campaign continued to set new records and some of this year’s highlights include:

• 51 companies using online e‐pledging
• 287 new corporate or business campaigns of the 2,000 campaigns conducted in Jefferson, Shelby Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties
• 74 new Tocqueville members (contributions of $10,000 and above)
• 41 loaned and sponsored executives participated in leadership training and worked throughout the Fall with companies to run their campaigns; Steve Paternostro, Alabama Power Company was named the Crawford T. Johnson, Loaned Executive for his attitude, effort and professional growth during the campaign.
• Top corporate leaders running campaign results of $1,000,000 or more (not in rank order) are : Alabama Power Company/Southern Company Services , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, EBSCO Industries, Protective Life Corporation, Publix Supermarkets, Regions Financial Corporation and The University of Alabama at Birmingham
• A pledge matching program from Brasfield & Gorrie in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary.

The dollars raised will be used to advance United Way’s mission of improving lives and community conditions through over 80 partner agencies and programs in our five county area focusing on basic needs‐education, financial stability, health and access to services. Volunteers will make allocation decisions on United Way agency awards beginning Friday, December 12 with the awards announced in January, 2015.

United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most important needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. Contributions are still being accepted. They can be mailed to United Way of Central Alabama, P.O. Box 320189, 35232‐0189 or donations can be made online at www.uwca.org. 


Styslingers Presented 2014 Tocqueville Society Award


L to R: Lee Styslinger, Jr., Catherine Styslinger, Lee Styslinger III, Kelly Styslinger, Nelson Bean, 2014 Tocqueville Society Chair; Kimberly Bean, Jon Styslinger, Babbie Styslinger, Mark Styslinger, Jennifer Styslinger


Over 350 guests honored The Styslinger Family with United Way of Central Alabama’s 2014 Tocqueville Award at the 19th annual Tocqueville Dinner held in November. “This exceptional family is invaluable to Central Alabama’s philanthropic fabric, as well as other communities where Altec Inc. operates and it is United Way of Central Alabama’s honor to present them with the 2014 Tocqueville Society of Central Alabama Award,” said Drew Langloh, President & CEO, United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. Recipients of the Award are true philanthropists who exemplify the spirit of caring and the power to make a meaningful impact on our community’s most pressing issues.


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