United Way Works to End America’s Education Crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.


United Way Works for a Healthier America

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, local United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable care.

Our Goal

Since 2008, United Way has been working to achieve its bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.

National partnerships

The ongoing partnership with the National Football League began in 1973 when the NFL and United Way of America came together to discuss the possibility of using the NFL's network contract airtime to promote United Way during game telecasts. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle recognized the partnership as a viable means of communicating the good works of United Ways while putting faces on a league of players hidden by helmets. National partnerships with over 100 corporations are formalized through the National Corporate Leadership Program.

Community Rewards

United Ways identify and build on community strengths and assets, help individuals and groups with specific community interests find ways to contribute their time and talents, support direct-service programs and community-change efforts, and advocate public-policy changes.All of this is done in collaboration with diverse partners.

United Way 125th Historical Video

In 1887 in Denver, Colorado, a diverse group of community leaders—a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi— came together to improve community conditions. The campaign they created became one of the most important social inventions in history and sparked a movement that established United Way.

Today, nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories, celebrate 125 Years of United Way. Be part of the movement. LIVE UNITED.