Volunteer Advisory Team FAQ

Volunteer Advisory Teams (VAT) support United Way's community investment process. These volunteer-led teams review grant applications and make funding recommendations for programs that support United Way's focus areas of health, education, financial stability and essential services. 

  • Be knowledgeable about the community conditions that affect the work of the funded programs.
  • Read submitted proposals.
  • Electronically complete assignments and evaluations via eCImpact.
  • Share your objective observations for each program based on the submitted proposal, financials, supporting documents and your rubric-driven evaluation.
  • Score, evaluate, rank and make funding rationale recommendations to the community investment committee. 
  • Review funded program through monthly, mid-year and year-end reports.

Volunteer Advisory Team volunteers can serve on the health committee, education committee, financial stability committee, and essential services team.These teams review and evaluate program proposals to assess alignment with United Way funding. We also have the community investment financial team (CIFT). CIFT oversees the fiscal accountability of organizations awarded United Way funding. The health, education, financial stability, essential services and CIFT teams report to the Community Investment Committee (CIC), which brings funding recommendations to United Way's Board of Directors.

Up to 30 hours between October 2022 and June 2023. Attend virtually scheduled meetings and prepare for meeting by reviewing and evaluating program proposals.

Focus Area


Financial Stability

Monday, October 17, November 7 and 2023 January 23, February 13 and 27, March 13 and 27 and April 10. June 12 is a debrief meeting.


Tuesday, October 18, November 8 and 2023 January 24, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28, April 11. June 13 is a debrief meeting.


Wednesday, October 19, November 9 and 2023 January 18, February 8 and 15, March 1, 8 and 15 and April  5, 12 and 19 (commit to at least five meetings between Feb-Apr). June 21 is a debrief meeting.

Essential Services

Thursday October 20, November 10 and 2023 January 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23 and April 6 and 20. June 22 is a debrief meeting.

CIFT – community investment financial team

Wednesday, October 19 and 2023 January 4 and18, February 8 and 22, March 8 and 22 and April 5 and 19.


The volunteers who serve on the volunteer advisory teams meet virtually using Microsoft Teams.

Meetings are typically scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. Depending on agenda items and the number of proposals to evaluate, times may be shorter or slightly longer depending on team discussion.

Volunteers can select the team that they have the most knowledge or interest in that fit with their schedule.

Yes. The 2023-24 funding year is starting this fall. Submit your application prior to December 31, 2022.

We are currently accepting applications to become a member of a volunteer advisory team. Click here to submit your information.

Contact MaryBeth Kallio, community investment director, at (262) 898.2247 or mkallio@unitedwayracine.org.