Advancing the Common Good
United Way has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials and community residents, to expand opportunities for people to succeed. We focus on three key building blocks: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. We focus on the concerns and aspirations of our local community, but we are also part of a worldwide movement for change. With nearly 1,800 United Ways making a difference in 41 countries and territories, we are part of a worldwide movement bringing millions of people together to solve community problems.
Focus Areas" is a collection of mission-focused communities of practice. These communities provide a space for discussion, sharing and collaboration around external outcomes of network efforts in our communities. In other words, sharing expertise, ideas and outcomes around the impact we have in our areas of focus.
United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Explore "Community Impact" to find people and resources to help you with the basics of community impact, such as developing impact strategies, transitioning your relationships with agencies, and other cross-cutting topics not specific to education, income, and health.
The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground. That’s why we focus on lasting solutions that go beyond charity, because financially stable people are more likely to have access to quality heath care, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies.
Good health is an essential ingredient for individual success and a thriving community. Healthy kids are more likely to succeed in school. The whole community will flourish when all of our residents have access to public parks, playgrounds, healthy foods and quality healthcare. We are committed to more than short-term charity for a few; we are committed to lasting solutions that build opportunity for all.