Community Impact Council

Community Impact

Community Impact Council

The Community Impact Council is responsible for reviewing and evaluating funding applications submitted by United Way’s partner agencies, attending agency site visits, and meeting with all council members to determine funding allocation recommendations which are submitted to the United Way Board.

If you are interested in joining the Community Impact Council, please contact Wendy Nolan at or 319-338-7823 and complete the online application:


Actively participate in United Way of Johnson & Washington County’s (UWJWC) efforts to identify and achieve key results necessary to positively impact community conditions.


  • Promote an atmosphere of mutual trust with UWJWC Partners and recognize the significance of their programs and services to UWJWC’s mission
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Attend and participate in scheduled Community Impact Council trainings & meetings
  • Attend and participate in UWJWC Partner Agency site visits
  • Work through appropriate channels for communication with UWJWC Partners
  • Assess and thoroughly analyze all matters brought before the Council
  • Review all Partner Agency application documentation
  • Review and score each Partner Agency application with consistency
  • Provide and ensure objective and fair funding recommendations, according to available funding and review, to the UWJWC Community Investment Committee
  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for UWJWC in the community
  • Participate in annual UWJWC campaign

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 5 hours per month, including meetings, application review, application scoring, and other activities
  • More concentrated time will be required during September through February
  • Three-year terms with a limit of 2 consecutive terms*

*UWJWC reserves the right to discontinue a volunteer’s term of service if the volunteer is unable to fulfill responsibilities.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Belief in UWJWC mission and vision for its future
  • Willingness to engage in productive discussions
  • Commitment to serving the community and to become involved in community issues
  • Ability to actively listen and communicate within a group


Community Investment Committee of the UWJWC Board of Directors

Staff Support

Community Impact & 55+ RSVP Coordinator Director of Community Impact & Engagement

July - August
  • Joint Funding Application released during July and due mid-September
  • Community Impact Council team finalized
August - September
  • Community Impact Council training begins
  • Community Impact Council starts funding application review
September - February
  • Agency Site Visits by focus area teams (schedule determined by team availability and agency selection)
  • Partner Agency final application reviews and scoring submitted at the beginning of March
  • Site Visit Teams meet to discuss site visits and information to present to other focus area teams
  • Impact Council Meeting 1 to discuss site visits, applications, questions, and community priorities
  • Impact Council Meeting 2 to determine the investment recommendations
  • Investment recommendations reviewed by Community Investment Committee during April meeting and recommendation provided to the United Way Board
  • Investment recommendations reviewed, finalized, and approved by United Way Board during the April United Way Board Meeting

Council Members

Aaron Hicks, GreenState Credit Union
Barbara McFadden, Community Leader, Retired
Diane Norris, Procter & Gamble - Beauty Care
Diana Kremzar, University of Iowa
Erin Pottebaum, Iowa Heartlanders
Jenny Olson, MidWestOne Bank
Katie Ulrey, Procter & Gamble - Oral Care


Kurt Winnike, CIVCO Medical Solutions
Lori Swartzendruber, ACT
Laura Taylor, Woofables, The Gourmet Dog Bakery
Nancy Gray Langguth, University of Iowa College of Education, Retired
Tyesha Perry, Skogman Realty & Resilient Sustainable Future for Iowa City