Community Investments

Community Needs Assessment

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) periodically conducts ongoing community needs assessments  as a means to stay relevant and current in assessing and meeting the immediate and current needs of our local community.   The information collected and analyzed is used by our volunteer community allocation panels, community impact community, and our board of directors to make allocation and program investment decisions in an effort to help improve the quality of life for our local residents, guests, and visitors.  Our most recent needs assessment was conducted in 2014.

Read the Executive Summary for the LOCAL Community Needs Assessment. (completed May 2014)

Read the Executive Summary for the REGIONAL Community Needs Assessment. (completed May 2014)

If you would like the complete copy of either of these reports, please contact Melissa Vanhorn at 508-222-2337, x106 or


Community Allocation Panels

UWGAT’s Community Allocation Panel (CAP) are the volunteer funding groups who review proposals from various programs, and visit the program sites to hear presentations from staff of current and prospective partner agencies. CAP volunteers then make funding recommendations to our Board of Directors, who make the ultimate decision about United Way’s community investments.

If you are interested in volunteering in this process or would like to volunteer, please contact Melissa Vanhorn, Vice President at 508-222-2337, ext. 106 or This is a great opportunity to get to know and serve your community.



How Decisions Are Made

Sound, volunteer-driven decision making is an operating principle of UWGAT, its Board of Directors, and Community Impact Committee(CIC). Thoughtful and deliberate decisions are made by volunteers representing various sectors from across our community who have knowledge and expertise related to specific areas. The Community Allocation Panel’s (CAP’s) review process assures thorough consideration of each applicant’s proposal. Full and equitable consideration is given to each organization in light of the needs of all applicants, the needs of the community, and the resources available. Investment decisions reflect the values and variables identified by the CAP, CIC, and UWGAT’s Board of Directors. Current values include: client need, program results/outcomes, alignment with UWGAT goals, management and organizational capacity, continuous learning and improvement, agency collaboration, and the ability to effectively utilize resources.