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NGO Partnerships

United Way encourages bringing professional management concepts to social work. At United Way we are focusing on identifying issues which have high potential to create change. We spend significant time in careful due diligence, evaluating and involving the right partners who demonstrate an ability to understand and solve issues from a big picture perspective. By involving top corporates to lend credibility to our functioning we also ensure that we maintain the highest integrity in fund management and allocation.

Due Diligence | Process Outline | Capacity Building

Due Diligence

Due Diligence, one of United Way's key focus areas, refers to a process through which an investor (donor) assesses an organization's programmatic, social impact and financial health to help guide the funding towards the organization. Building synergies with like minded non-profit organizations which help translate United Way's vision on ground in their individual spheres of work, is critical to our collective success.

The Due Diligence at United Way of Mumbai also very importantly protects a corporate partner's investments, overall congruence with funding philosophy and areas of community investments as envisaged by the corporate partner. The aim is to also help our corporate partners achieve the best out of the grassroots partnerships while building symbiotic and fruitful partnerships with NGO partners.

Key Principles governing the choice of NGOs / projects are:

  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance - The NGO must conform to all legal and regulatory requirements of the country as a registered non-profit body
  • Sustainability - The non profit's programs must be quantifiable with feasible monitoring and evaluation indicators
  • Long Term Impact - The NGO must have a long term vision and mission and preferably be working with large population groups. Its programs should aim at creating self-sufficiency amongst the beneficiaries
  • Scalability - Organized systems and processes of project execution with clearly defined goals and objectives, potential to grow and can be implemented over a significant geographical area (city / district / state)
  • Legislative Potential-An understanding of the relationship between government agencies and beneficiary groups and to be able to explore solutions to help change / modify systems to impact society positively

United Way of Mumbai primarily addresses the following as the priority areas of investment for social change:

  1. Children and Education
  2. Health
  3. Livelihoods
  4. Civic Issues
  5. Disaster Relief & Rehabilitation

To be eligible to receive funding from United Way of Mumbai, the NGO must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a registered not-for-profit organization in India with all the legalities in place
  2. Have an active board of directors that meets with a quorum at least quarterly
  3. Have a stated mission and bylaws (in case required)
  4. Not be affiliated to any political party
  5. Conduct an annual audit and submit the audit report to the concerned authorities
  6. Subscribe to the mission of United Way as demonstrated by conforming to the Memorandum of Understanding (to be signed between the agency and United Way)
The decision to fund or not or the extent of funding support is determined by a balance of objective data analysis, general state of organization's health, overall stability and extent of social impact.


Process Outline

Due Diligence at United Way of Mumbai is a collaborative effort and a multi-stakeholder process involving:

  • United Way Personnel & Team
  • Non Profit/NGO Partner
  • Beneficiaries of the Project
  • Corporate Partner
  • Experts of the field
  • United Way Board Members

United Way monitors and evaluates its work in order to:

  • Check progress against objectives and unexpected results
  • Learn from experience and adapt projects to optimize their impact
  • Provide information and learnings to stakeholders and be accountable for our actions and the resources we manage


Capacity Building

In addition to the stated areas of community investment, United Way of Mumbai also extensively endeavors to provide comprehensive and customized consulting services that strengthen capacities of its Partner NGOs to effectively address their stated goals.

Some of the ways United Way of Mumbai provides support to agencies include:

  • Program development and implementation
  • Grants
  • Assistance with budgeting and strategic planning
  • Legal and accounting consultancy
  • Supporting salaries
  • Technology training and IT planning
  • Volunteer engagement

Other support as may be required

United Way of Mumbai does not provide direct services or assistance to individuals and families.