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How 3 United Way Chapters Empower their Communities for A Bigger Impact

With deep community relationships, major fundraising prowess, and expertise in coalition-building, United Way chapters of all sizes across the United States are uniquely situated to solve some of the toughest problems facing their communities.

Chapters have been creating positive change through competitive grants for over a hundred of years, but often with outdated processes. In order to bring their values more fully to life in their communities, grow their programs, and reach wider audiences, many United Way chapters are turning to new grantmaking strategies and modern technology. 

In this panel discussion with three United Way chapter peers in conversation with technology experts from Submittable and Microsoft, learn how United Ways of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Greenville County South Carolina, and the Greater Triangle in North Carolina created a bigger difference in their communities by updating their grant management system. We’ll discuss: 

  • How an easier application process for grantees helps them attract applications from within the communities they are serving

  • How an easier review process for volunteers helps reviewers focus on the content, rather than the software, when it comes to selecting nonprofit partners to invest in

  • How an easier reporting process helps them gather complete sets of quantitative data as well as the qualitative stories they need to contextualize it

Find out why for these three United Way chapters, a technology upgrade meant more than just time-saved for them and their nonprofit partners. It empowered their communities and created a stronger reflection of their values, leading to enhanced reputations, while also unlocking the ability to scale their programs to create a bigger impact. 

Join the conversation to learn how your grantmaking program can do the same. 

Hosted By:

Picture of your guest, Jeff Howell

A resident of Durham, Jeff began his time in North Carolina as an Exceptional Children teacher in Durham Public Schools, went on to successfully lead a local nonprofit driving youth development through growing, cooking, and sharing food, and has been with United Way of the Greater Triangle since early 2020. Currently, Jeff serves as the Chief Program Officer for United Way of the Greater Triangle where he focuses on amplifying the impact of local nonprofits through shared vision, financial investments, and critical work throughout communities in the Triangle.

Picture of your guest, Christopher Nicholas

Christopher is the Chief Financial Officer at United Way of Greenville County.

Picture of your guest, Craig Shoemaker

Craig is the Director of Technology and Operations at United Way of Greenville County.

Picture of your guest, Sabra Williams

Sabra is the Systems Analyst at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Picture of your guest, Jeremy Pitman

Jeremy Pitman is the Director of Partner Development, Digital Natives & ISVs, Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft.

Picture of your guest, Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan is the Vice President of Social Impact at Submittable. Inspired by the amazing work performed by grantmakers of all stripes, at Submittable, Sam strives to help them achieve their missions through better, more effective software. Sam has served as founder of New Spark Strategy, Chief Information Officer at the Walton Family Foundation, and director of technology at the Walmart Foundation. He consults, advises, and writes prolifically on social impact technology, strategy, and innovation. Sam recently published a series of whitepapers with the Technology Association of Grantmakers titled “The Strategic Role of Technology in Philanthropy.”

Hosted By:

Picture of your guest, Jeff Howell

A resident of Durham, Jeff began his time in North Carolina as an Exceptional Children teacher in Durham Public Schools, went on to successfully lead a local nonprofit driving youth development through growing, cooking, and sharing food, and has been with United Way of the Greater Triangle since early 2020. Currently, Jeff serves as the Chief Program Officer for United Way of the Greater Triangle where he focuses on amplifying the impact of local nonprofits through shared vision, financial investments, and critical work throughout communities in the Triangle.

Picture of your guest, Christopher Nicholas

Christopher is the Chief Financial Officer at United Way of Greenville County.

Picture of your guest, Craig Shoemaker

Craig is the Director of Technology and Operations at United Way of Greenville County.

Picture of your guest, Sabra Williams

Sabra is the Systems Analyst at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Picture of your guest, Jeremy Pitman

Jeremy Pitman is the Director of Partner Development, Digital Natives & ISVs, Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft.

Picture of your guest, Sam Caplan

Sam Caplan is the Vice President of Social Impact at Submittable. Inspired by the amazing work performed by grantmakers of all stripes, at Submittable, Sam strives to help them achieve their missions through better, more effective software. Sam has served as founder of New Spark Strategy, Chief Information Officer at the Walton Family Foundation, and director of technology at the Walmart Foundation. He consults, advises, and writes prolifically on social impact technology, strategy, and innovation. Sam recently published a series of whitepapers with the Technology Association of Grantmakers titled “The Strategic Role of Technology in Philanthropy.”