United Way Worldwide

United way is a 127 year old worldwide movement engaged in nearly 1800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.


What is a United Way Organization?

  • A volunteer-led, non-profit organization
  • Located in a geographic community
  • That seeks and addresses the root causes of key issues
  • Is accountable for stewardship of resources, and
  • Is accountable for short-term & long-term results


What is the Organizational Background of United Way?

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in more than 41 countries and territories. We advance the common good by focusing on improving education, helping people achieve financial stability, and promoting healthy lives, and by mobilizing millions of people to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.

Code of Ethics in United Way

United Way volunteers, employees and representatives have a responsibility to uphold the highest ethical standards. We believe these standards go beyond compliance with laws and regulations — calling us to fulfill higher obligations as stewards of the public trust. United Way Worldwide’ s Code of Ethics sets forth standards and responsibilities toward this end. The Board of Directors and all United Way Worldwide staff approve the code annually and board members are required to personally certify their compliance to it.

Diversity and Inclusion

United Way Worldwide strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion, and our Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers reflecting the many faces, cultures and walks of life, which proudly make up a nation.
We respect, value, and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities. It is our aim, therefore, that our partners, strategies, and investments reflect these core values.


At United Way, we know success is measured by how our mission is achieved — to make measurable improvements in communities. Setting high standards for ourselves and for our local partners is critical for that success.
Annually, all United Ways certify their adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations. Specifically, United Ways must meet the following:

Governance — United Ways are governed by active, responsible, and voluntary governing boards to ensure effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization. These boards are responsible for United Ways delivering on their mission to advance the common good.

Ethics — all United Ways follow locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff that include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure.

Diversity — United Ways have adopted policies/statements to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community served.


What is the global legacy of United Way today?

  • United Way has a 100 year history of improving lives
  • Volunteers and partners work in more than 41 countries
  • 3,000+ local United Ways in the world
  • Raises $5+ billion, from 17 million donors annually
  • $900 million is raised from outside the US
  • Best practices are shared across the globe
  • Priorities are based on local requirements


What sets United Way apart?

  • Volunteers at the heart of United Way Movement
  • Network is international; decisions and actions are local
  • Dedicated to long-term, systemic improvement
  • Achieve objectives through a process-driven approach
  • Transparency and accountability in all we do
  • Involve all sections of the community
  • Build capacity of recipient partners
  • Not more than 10% of donations used for organization overheads