February 17, 2021
Accreditation positions nonprofits to be eligible for United Way impact funding, training and technical assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2021 – United Way of Central Indiana today announced that three community-based organizations have been approved for accreditation and can apply for United Way grants in basic needs, family opportunity and social innovation as well as access training, technical assistance and capacity building programs.
Joining United Way as new accredited partners are the Burmese American Community Institute, Inc. (BACI), The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS). The programs for these three organizations align with United Way’s family opportunity and basic needs goals in helping improve the education, financial stability and well-being of families in Central Indiana.
Burmese American Community Institute, Inc. (BACI)
The Burmese American Community Institute provides social services, educational and vocational support to the Burmese community in greater Indianapolis. BACI supports community members regionally, nationally, and globally through strategic partnerships and advocacy. Since its inception, BACI has assisted more than 10,000 individuals.
The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County
The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County provides programs to promote and support independent lifestyles for seniors in Hamilton County. It serves as a trusted resource for connecting seniors with beneficial programs to support their independence. Through its programs, seniors have the opportunity to connect with services or to other individuals that will help enrich independent lifestyles.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) provides early intervention services to Kentucky and Indiana’s youngest children with blindness and low vision. Services include evaluations, in-home visits, and access to resources that help parents and caregivers better understand and support children with visual impairment.
To receive accreditation with United Way, a nonprofit in the human services sector must meet all legal requirements for a nonprofit agency in the State of Indiana; align with United Way’s focus areas of education, financial stability, health and basic needs; and serve individuals and families in Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties. Accreditation positions the nonprofit organization to be eligible for United Way impact funding, while assuring donors that United Way investments are well-vetted. United Way accreditation signals that community-based organizations are demonstrating best practices in tackling poverty in the community and are in strong organizational and fiscal standing.
To date, there are 91 accredited community-based organizations of United Way of Central Indiana. Applications are reviewed on an invitation-only basis.
About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit www.uwci.org to learn more.
Jessica DiSanto | Senior Director of Communications at United Way of Central Indiana
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