Each United Way is independently governed by a local volunteer board, in order to best meet our local needs and opportunities. We must, however, adhere to a stringent set of national membership standards that focus on governance, ethics, financial management, and general operations.
United Way brings together citizens, community leaders, businesses, the faith community, government, non-profit organizations and other institutions to determine the most critical human issues that require collective, not just individual, action. These issues range from basic human needs - like food, shelter and emergency assistance - to emerging and growing issues like the need for affordable housing, services and support for seniors, and positive youth development. United Way then raises money locally in an annual campaign, generates other revenue outside of the campaign, secures non-cash in-kind resources, and advocates for sound public policy, along with employing other relevant strategies in order to produce concrete results.
United Way volunteers, after serious and deliberate consideration of each organization's grant application, invest resources in non-profit organizations that are in line with our mission which is to improve the quality of life for the people we
by providing leadership
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to create lasting change.
As an investor, you can view United Way as a key strategic partner in achieving your philanthropic aspirations. United Way can connect your aspirations to a need and give you an opportunity to support it. Whether your interest is in education, health, or financial stability, United Way has the capacity and breadth to make your investment more powerful.
Our promise to you is that we will invest in the efforts that get the greatest results. We will evaluate and reward results. We will govern ourselves at the highest degree of accountability and transparency. And, finally, we pledge to remain one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the world, working to put the maximum amount of resources into the work that changes peoples’ lives and communities.
There are great non-profit organizations in which to invest, however, your investment in United Way is unique because of our ability to mobilize resources, individuals, and institutions in a combined effort. Leveraging our relationships with such a diverse group produces greater results for you. When you combine your resources and effort with others you can change entire communities, which in turn produces lasting change.