Community Investment Councils

Inclusive, High-Impact Grant-making:

Our Strategic Plan’s goal in Community Impact, defined the way that we would steward donor dollars to support high-impact programs in Waco-McLennan County, using the Impact Framework and new guiding Values as guides.

Our Strategic Plan’s goal in Community Engagement, defined the way we would continue to authentically engage community partners, donors, organizations, experts and residents in a meaningful and inclusive way, including through a new volunteer-led, Community Investment Council grant review process. Community Investment Councils (CICs) provide grant application review and funding recommendations for the United Way of Waco-McLennan County. The CICs are responsible for ensuring donor contributions are invested effectively in local programs committed to high-impact outcomes.  There are four Community Investment Councils, one to align with each Impact Framework (focus area): Education, Health, Financial Stability, and Safety Net Services.  Together, these goals form the basis of our new, competitive grant-making process, launching in 2019-2020

2019 Community Investment Council Members:

Education Council –

Josette AyresKay Bell
Shannon H. Dunn, LMSW Jon M. Engelhardt, PhD
Rhonda Featherston Yolanda O. Gongora
Bridget Heins Anita Henderson
Milet Hopping Mia Moody-Ramirez, PhD
Christy Perkins

Financial Stability Council –

Libby CainLuis Guevara
Mallory Homeyer Herridge,
Andrew Lopez
Mark McCunniffMisti J Mostiller
Galen B. PriceMissie Pustejovsky
Justin RiceJeremy Vickers, PhD

Health Council –

Kattina D. Bryant, LCSWJennifer Hobbs, LMSW
Nancy Payne McEachern Jim Morrison, MD, MPH
Alexandra Price Margo Morgan Shanks, MPH
Paula Solano Aranza Torres
Norma Torres Gary Wardlaw, LMFT, LPC,
Ashley E. Williams, MPH

Safety Net Council –

Pastor Mary Alice BirdwhistellMary Bonner-Fisher
Martha DelgaoBethel Erickson-Bruce
Jessica JuarezRev. Leslie King
Gladys PalominoMaria Solano
Brittney D. Wardlaw, JD

Financial Review Council –

Daniel G. GarciaMitchell Horner
Nancy Livingston, CPAOrlando Rodriguez, Jr.
John Taylor, CPA

low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management