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Partner Certification

Thank you for your interest in partnering with United Way of Escambia County (UWEC)!

If your organization is a 501c3 and would like to be considered for funding through United Way’s Funds Distribution process, you must first become a certified partner of UWEC by submitting all documentation requested in the Agency Certification Documentation Checklist. Once all requested information is received by UWEC, staff reviews all information to insure that all documentation is complete and up to date.  

 
If all documentation is up to date, then with approval of the Board of Directors the agency is placed on the Certified Partner list and added to the United Way Agency Directors Association (UWADA) roster.
  
Annual updates of key documentation (listed in the checklist) are required to remain on the UWEC Certified Partner List.
 
All UWEC Certified Partners are eligible to apply for program funding each year. On January 1st a letter & e-mail notice of funding availability goes out to all Certified Partners announcing the availability of funds and gives the timeline for the upcoming FD process. Electronic Program Funding Request Applications are made available at that time, via e-mail and download from the UWEC web site. Applications are due back to UWEC in approx. 6 weeks, or mid February.
 
Please complete the forms listed below and submit all required documentation for your organization to be considered a Certified Partner of United Way of Escambia County.
 
1. Agency Certification Checklist Form (click here to download the form)
This is the form you need to submit with the requested documents to be a United Way certified agency. Donors use the list to see who in the community has met basic requirements for good stewardship of dollars. This is one more way for you to stand out among other agencies when donors are choosing where they should invest their dollars and talent.
 
2. Agency Certification Agreement (click here to download the form)
This agreement confirms that both your agency and United Way of Escambia County have the most recent documentation for your organization and that the agency has met all certification requirements. The agreement lists all requirements that partners must perform as well as all benefits your organization is entitled to as a Certified Partner of United Way. The agreement must be signed by the agency’s Board President and Executive Director as well as by the President/CEO of United Way. It will be returned to you after review of items submitted with the certification checklist.
 
3. Agency Support Form (click here to download the form)
This tool is used to gather your agency’s in-kind donation and volunteer needs as well as calendar events that you would like to post on our Community Calendar. This will help us easily list all of your organizations needs. This form must be submitted in order for your agency to receive a FREE presence on our website and for recruitment of support from United Way partners. 

4. Patriot Act Compliance Letter
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click here to download the form)
In compliance with the spirit and intent of the USA PATRIOT Act and other counterterrorism laws, the United Way of Escambia County requests that each funded agency (“Organization”) certify that it is in compliance with the United Way of Escambia County and the United Way of America’s (“UWA”) compliance program.

 
Once an organization completes the Certification Process and is listed as a partner, United Way will send additional requests for agency and program contact information as well as specific in-kind and volunteer support needs of your organization.

 

Please contact Melissa Lewis at (850) 444-7120 if you have any questions regarding the Certification process or trouble opening any of the attached files.