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Each United Way is independently governed by a local volunteer board in order to most effectively meet the needs of our local communities. We must, however, adhere to a stringent set of national membership standards (as set forth by United Way Worldwide) that focus on governance, ethics, financial management, and general operations.
United Way brings together citizens, community leaders, business, the faith community, government, non-profit organizations, and other institutions to identify the most critical local human service issues that require collective, not just individual, action. These issues range from meeting basic human needs like food, shelter and emergency assistance to emerging and growing issues like the need for affordable housing, increased access to health care, and positive youth development.
United Way is one of the few remaining not-for-profit vehicles to pool investments in order to create a greater return on the individual investment. United Way works hard to focus on critical community issues, strategically invests in strategies and agencies that show results, and provides investment options that maximize donor investments to achieve the greatest local impact.
As an investor, you should view United Way as a key strategic partner in achieving your philanthropic aspirations. United Way can connect your aspirations to need and opportunity. Whether your interest is youth development, services that assist people with physical disabilities, or the work of a single non-profit organization, United Way has the capacity and breadth to make your investment more powerful.
The measure of a community is how well it treats those with the least. The health and prosperity of a community begins with how it develops its human capital. Economic success over the long haul is not possible or sustainable without human success. There is no organization more focused or successful as it relates to human success at a community level than United Way.
Our promise to you is that we will invest in the efforts that get the greatest results. We will evaluate and reward results, not just effort. 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. 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 of players produces greater results for you. When you combine your resources and effort with others you can change entire communities, which in turn produce results for you individually.