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Community Investments (closed)

​At Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW), we are transforming the way we work in our community—changing our grant-making, fundraising, and volunteer engagement strategies as we seek to fully bring to life our mission of creating pathways to prosperity and equity for all. This transformation comes upon the approval by our board of directors of a new Long-Range Plan that challenges us to examine the totality of our work against the needs, hopes, and dreams of the Greater Twin Cities Region. We are taking a close look at how our work intersects with and is situated in the larger ecosystem, leveraging each of our unique organizational assets to deepen our community impact.

Over the years, we have innovated and adapted to ensure we are effectively responding to evolving community needs. This juncture is no different: we will continue to address community and donor priorities, building upon the foundation of three core strategic imperatives:

  1. Serving our community, lifting up its strengths and investing in its potential
  2. Keeping a local focus; donations support our work in the Greater Twin Cities Region
  3. Connecting donor passion with community opportunity, serving as the partner of choice as donors seek to achieve their philanthropic goals

These strategic imperatives have guided our work for more than 100 years and remain our north star as we chart a path for the future. And we recognize the future requires us to show up differently to more effectively serve our community. In response, we are implementing the following aspirational framework:

  • VISION: A united community where all people realize their full potential regardless of income, race or place
  • MISSION: Galvanize our community to build pathways towards prosperity and equity for all
  • VALUES: Equity, Collaboration, Agility, Transparency

Our evolution is informed by thoughtful deliberation, study and debate. The approach reflected in the Request for Proposal (RFP) is the product of engagement with grantee partners, community leaders, donors, and corporate and institutional funders. Our staff and leadership analyzed over 100 personal conversations and survey interviews to better understand the challenges our community faces and best leverage opportunities for GTCUW to support community solutions.

Convening Materials

We shared our new strategy with partner agencies on October 17. For those unable to attend, the presentation is available here:Partner Convening 10.17.pdf      

During the convening we provided space for partners to process the content presented, as well as pose questions related to the new strategy. The questions asked and the responses from GTCUW is available here: Post Convening Questions and Responses.pdf

Community Investments Request for Proposal

GTCUW is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure the services of eligible organizations to address the most pressing needs for our region across three core impact areas of Economic Opportunity, Educational Success and Household Stability. The RFP is closed on January 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm. If you have questions about the status of your proposal, please contact

RFP Guidelines

Those interested in applying should review the RFP Guidelines before starting an online application: Community Investments 2018-2019 RFP Guidelines.pdf

 This document will be updated weekly: Community Investments RFP FAQ 12.17.18.pdf

Audio Recordings of RFP Training

General overview of our new strategy, the RFP process, timeline and eligibility: listen here.

To learn about preferred approach and outcomes specific to portfolio area, please select from the following recordings:

Download a copy of the RFP Training PPT deck here: Community Investments RFP Training.pdf

Community Office Hours

GTCUW staff will be available throughout the region to answer questions - no registration is required.

Roseville Public Library - Community Room ​November 27 ​1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
​Brooklyn Park Public Library ​November 28 ​1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
​Pierre Bottineau Library (NE): Sheridan Meeting Room ​November 29

​1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

​Rondo Public Library: Multi-Purpose Room ​December 3 ​1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
​North Branch Library ​December 4 ​10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
​Southdale Library: Ethel Berry Room ​December 10 ​9:00 a.m. - Noon



Content/Program Questions ​IT and Technical Questions
​612-340-7691 ​612-340-7534


Key Dates

RFP Released ​November 13
​In-Person RFP Trainings

​November 14 (morning session & afternoon session)

December 5, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

​Proposals Due ​January 8
​Proposal Review ​January - March
​Awards Announced ​April
​Grant Cycle ​July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020