Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Coordinated Funding

  An Innovative Public-Private Partnership

Launched in 2011, the Coordinated Funding Initiative seeks to improve the way local funders and health & human service agencies work together to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents.

AAACF works with six local funding partners:  United Way of Washtenaw County, RNR Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Health System - Ann Arbor, and Office of Community and Economic Development, which represents the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the Washtenaw Urban County.

In 2014, the funding partners worked with local agencies to establish
shared outcomes and strategies – to respond to needs in Washtenaw County across five priority areas. 

For the 2016-2018 program operations grants cycle, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Model will continue to focus investments on the social safety net for our community’s most vulnerable in the following priority areas:

  • Aging
    The goal: To help vulnerable, lower income adults 60 years of age or older live independently and safely through crisis intervention services, increasing access to senior support systems, and decreasing social isolation.
  • Early Childhood
    The goal: To ensure children considered at-risk or with high needs are developmentally ready to succeed in school when they start school through parent engagement and education, access to high quality early learning, and programs that strengthen young children’s social emotional health.
  • Housing & Homelessness
    The goal: To reduce the number of people who are experiencing homelessness through prevention services,
    emergency shelter, transitional housing and/or homelessness outreach, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing and services.
  • Safety Net Health and Nutrition
    The goal: To increase access to health services and resources for low-income residents through benefits
    advocacy, accessing care services, and care coordination. To decrease food insecuity for low income residents
    through community-based food access and home-bound food distribution.
  • School-age Youth
    Two goals: To increase high school graduation rates of economically disadvantaged youth through programs
    that foster literacy and academic success and build 21st century skills. To increase the physical and emotional
    safety of economically disadvantaged youth in their homes, schools, and communities.

An independent evaluation conducted by the TCC Group confirmed that Coordinated Funding is already yielding real benefits. The unique public-private partnership has provided a deeper understanding of needs in Washtenaw County and a framework in which agencies and funders can work together toward common goals and outcomes. 

The Coordinated Funding partners annually award $4.5 - $5 million in grants through a joint decision making process to support more than 50 local human service agencies.