How We Work

Your contribution is invested carefully in programs proven to work. Mesa United Way focuses on three areas of need:


Providing the tools – physical and emotional therapy, technology and job training – for children and families with special needs to lead independent, productive and meaningful lives.


Ensuring Mesa youth develop important social and educational skills through quality after-school services, mentoring programs, parenting skills, and leadership training.

Financial Stability

Homelessness in Arizona is on the rise. We are fighting for these people, 43% of are children, to get into permanent housing and find lasting employment.

Here's How It Works:

The Community Allocation Panels (CAP) oversee the annual allocation of Mesa United Way funding to eligible non-profit human service agencies. The Panels conduct in-depth evaluations of all applications for funding, and then make final funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.

We host four panels of community volunteers who view presentations and review applications from local agencies applying for funding. These panels rank the agencies with an online scoring system and those scores are used to determine how much funding is provided to each agency applicant. Everyone is invited to be a part of the CAP process, on a first come first serve basis. We are looking for a total of 60 volunteers max, 15 on each panel.

Here’s the schedule of the panels. Important to note: a volunteer must commit to serve on every meeting listed for the panel, and they can only serve on one panel.

PANEL 1 – Dates: April 9, 11, 16, 18. Time: 11am – 3pm.

PANEL 2 – Dates: April 10, 12, 17, 19. Time: 11am – 3pm. (runs simultaneously with Panel 3)

PANEL 3 – Dates: April 10, 12, 17, 19. Time: 11am – 3pm.

PANEL 4 – Dates: April 10, 12, 17, 19. Time: 5pm – 8pm.

Would you like to be part of the Community Allocation Process?
Contact Harmony at

Apply for Funding

Pre-applications will be accepted for 2018-19 CAP Funding beginning January 15, 2018
Apply via ZoomGrants™