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United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is one of 1,800 United Ways around the world. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government and more.

Out of all the United Ways across the globe,United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is in the top 40!In fact, our local United WayAlliance on Agingand ourCommunity Schoolmodel each won runner-up awards to the prestigious“Common Good Award” given by United Way Worldwide nationally to a United Way initiative that is making real change in the community.

Nearly2.6 million volunteersand9.6 million donorsaround the world support United Way. Collectively, United Way raises more than $5 billion every year to create community solutions that improve life for everyone-impacting the lives of up to50 millionpeople every year.

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Integrity

We act ethically and hold ourselves to the highest standards.

Inclusivity

We respect the inherent value and dignity of every person.

Impact

We take action to improve lives and advance equity for all.

Excellence

We set bold goals and achieve awesome results.

Agility

We embrace and adapt to the changing needs of our communities.

Diversity,Equity andInclusionare core to all we are and all we do. We deploy our resources to build communities of belonging, empathy and empowerment. In doing so, we must apply a lens of equity to all internal and external systems and be the change agents needed to realize the vision of a beloved community where every person belongs and every person thrives:

  • We stand against racism, discrimination and social injustice and are dedicated to dismantling these epidemics in all forms.
  • We advocate for concrete policy and systems changesand invest in workthatadvancesracial equity and social justice for all marginalized populations.
  • We commit to equitablefundraising and fundingpractices, ensuring that organizations that receive United Way funding are committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and can demonstrate that commitment in meaningful ways.
  • We strive toensure a diverse, inclusive workplace in whichstaffand volunteersreflect the community,cancontribute fully, andshare theresponsibilityofputtingthe values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into daily practice.

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley History

1887-1969

1887

Recognizing the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems, local leaders in Denver form the Charity Organizations Society, the first "United Way" organization. Their coordinated fundraising supports 22 cooperative agencies as well as emergency assistance.

1894

Charitable institutions become exempt from the first federal act that imposed a tax on all corporations organized for profit.

1918

Bethlehem War Chest Association is formed to support home-front and wartime social services agencies during WWI.

1919

Bethlehem War Chest becomes the Bethlehem Community Chest, a name widely adopted by United Way organizations and used until the early 1950s.

1922

Easton/Forks of the Delaware Community Welfare Chest forms.

1930

Allentown Community Chest forms. Its first federated campaign the following year raised $225,583.

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1959

Allentown Community Chest renamed the United Fund. Annual campaign raises $687,000.

1970-1989

1970

Greater Bethlehem United Fund’s campaign raises in excess of $1 million.

1976

United Fund becomes the United Way of the Lehigh Valley.

1977

Greater Bethlehem Area United Fund merges with the Forks of the Delaware United Fund to create the United Way of Northampton and Warren Counties. The merger came about based on a recommendation from the United Way of America and the efficiency of combined efforts.

1987

U.S. Postal Service celebrates the United Way centennial with the dedication of a postage stamp.

1989

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Five visionary members found our local Tocqueville Society, the highest level of leadership giving for United Way. In today’s dollars, their $10,000 gifts would be equivalent to over $19,000. Across the nation, there are 3,500 members of local societies.

1990-2000

1992

United Ways in Lehigh, Northampton and Warren counties merge to form United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV). At UWGLV, our first $100,000 leadership challenge is made by a regional financial institution.

1994

Doug Perkins retires as president of UWGLV, 14 years after becoming director of United Way in Lehigh County. During his tenure, area nonprofits experienced increased competition for philanthropic support.

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Peter Carpino named President of UWGLV. His efforts kicked our Tocqueville Society into high gear; membership grew exponentially during his tenure.

United Way of America was selected by Financial World magazine as the charity of choice for its leadership in not-for-profit ethics and accountability.

1995

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Our UWGLV campaign raised $8,550,000, the largest dollar and percentage increase of all United Ways with campaigns of $4 to $8.9 million nationwide. Leadership gifts of $1,000 or more accounted for 14% of total revenues

United Way of America's Board of Governors unanimously approved the adoption of Strategic Direction for United Way: Charting the Path for Building Better Communities.

1996

United Way of America identified healthy children, healthy families and healthy communities as focus areas under the strategic plan.

UWGLV is nationally recognized by the United Way movement as having reached “Metro 1” status, a reporting group reserved for campaigns of $9 million or more.

1997

A $1.2 million grant enables UWGLV to convene community leaders and partners to form Lehigh Valley Council for Youth to focus on best-practice models and strategies to boost support for students and schools. The Council created Family Centers, wraparound services, positive behavior intervention and support programs, parent engagement, and other programs that promoted developmental assets in selected schools.

Bethlehem Steel closes its last plant in its hometown after a 140-year history in the Lehigh Valley. The region’s declining manufacturing base makes it a challenge to fund social services.

1998

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Three Lehigh Valley Tocqueville Society donors are recognized as National Society members, giving $100,000 each.

2000

United Way and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems successfully petition the FCC to designate 2-1-1 as the help line for health and human services referrals.

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UWGLV Tocqueville Society annual giving reaches $41 million under the leadership of Co-chairs Ross and Wendy Born, Bill and Peggy Hecht and Campaign Chair Bill Coles.

2001-2010

2001

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With the 9/11 terrorist attacks capturing donors’ attention, UWGLV fell nearly $400,000 short of its goal. Tocqueville Society giving accounts for 27% of this year’s campaign.

UWGLV adopts new vision and mission increasing emphasis on community building with future investments to focus on both programs and strategic initiatives. Community Impact Council expands to include volunteers from our three strategic partnerships.

2002

UWGLV develops three-year funding cycles (beginning 2002-04), open funding and end of membership system (beginning 2008), and creation of five Community Impact areas.

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Brian Gallagher, a 20-year veteran of United Way, named president and CEO of United Way of America.

20 women, led by Betsy Torrence, form the Women’s Leadership Council to focus energy on improving the lives of women and children, especially through education.

The demise of Bethlehem Steel, bank consolidations, downsizing of the workforce and fewer locally-owned companies force Carpino to rethink how UWGLV campaigns for money. With fewer employees to give, Carpino makes appeals to people with the capacity to give larger gifts, increasing the number of leadership gifts.

2003

New Membership Standards for member United Ways are adopted to increase the level of accountability and transparency in United Way operations.

United eWay's online pledging system allows employees to invest in our local community within a secure, internet-based giving environment.

Strategic “roadmaps” developed for community impact areas (including measurable indicators of each goal area, best practice strategies, and suggested program performance measures).

UWGLV develops eligibility standards for all organizations (current and new) seeking program funding beginning 2008.

2004

Warren County splits into its own United Way.

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An anonymous donor becomes Lehigh Valley’s first Tocqueville Society National Million Dollar Roundtable member.

2005

United Way of America updates its Standards of Excellence. This comprehensive description of benchmark standards and best practices reflects a new mission-focused on identifying and addressing long-term needs of communities.

Thanks to the generous $100,000 commitment of the late Frank Banko, strategy for community schools begins. Calypso in Bethlehem becomes the first United Way community school. The United Way Community School model convenes companies, non-profits, mentors, tutors, and other community supports to ensure higher success rates for students.

Peter Carpino resigns after 20 years as president of UWGLV. Phil Hayne keeps the organization on track as interim president. Susan Gilmore named the third president of UWGLV.

United Way Alliance on Aging (UWAA) forms to address the needs of older adults in our community.

2006

UWGLV’s record campaign year raises a total of $11,209,541.

2007

Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, challenged the Lehigh Valley community to give every child the tools they need to succeed by beginning work in one small area and growing the successes. A working group forms to answer the charge. UWGLV transitions to a community impact focus.

2008

Allentown Youth Success Zone, a 9-square-block area of the Old Allentown Historic District, created. “The Zone” became a priority neighborhood for realizing the success of every child in the Lehigh Valley. UWGLV, the leading member of the regional working group, makes a multi-year $1.2 million commitment to seed the effort.

UWGLV launches a strategic planning process. Community schools become a focus of the United Way’s strategic plan.

United Way introduces LIVE UNITED, a new call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

2009

Who We Are | United Way (7)In its first 20 years of the Tocqueville Society, over $18.5 million has been invested in the community by members.

2010

Who We Are | United Way (8)Lehigh Valley has 3,849 households with income of $250,000 or more per year; 3.3% are Tocqueville Society members. Volunteer Tocqueville Advisory Cabinet formed to help grow membership.

The Allentown Youth Success Zone officially changed its name to the Allentown Promise Neighborhood to better align its work with the growing national movement.

UWGLV awards philanthropist Bob Wood with the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” in honor of his extraordinary involvement. Wood led the strategic movement to transition our United Way to a community impact model.

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2011-Present

2011

A White House report highlights Allentown Promise Neighborhood as one of the nation’s model efforts for developing strategic and accountable partnerships. With national attention, the working group is energized to broaden the scope of its work and realize a truly regional vision for the success of children living in the Lehigh Valley. Now a wholly-owned subsidiary of UWGLV, APN is renamed Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.

United Way commits $500,000 to COMPASS and has agreed to raise an additional $2.5 million over the next three years. The funds are expected to leverage $10.3 million for use in transforming five current School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools in Allentown into COMPASS Community Schools.

2012

Forbes magazine names United Way one of five “All-Star Charities” for financial efficiency.

United Way celebrates its 125th anniversary.

2013

Susan Gillmore resigns. David Lewis named the fourth president of UWGLV.

2014

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Women’s Leadership Council has grown to 90 members, including 28 Tocqueville Society leaders, and has raised over $1 million

Paxinosa becomes the first community school in Easton, joining 5 schools in Allentown, 5 schools in Bethlehem, and 2 in Bangor. UWGLV identifies 22 schools in the region as potential community schools.

UWGLV rolls out the 2014-2018 Collective Impact Strategy with community investments in 112 programs at 61 agencies. Education receives 80% of investments, healthy aging 12%, and food access 8%. Emergency services has set-level funding.

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In honor of 25 years of transforming lives, National Penn sponsors an anniversary celebration. Our Tocqueville Society celebrates 25 years, 188 members, and $2.8 million in donations. Our goal: grow to 200 members strong!

2015

UWGLV's 2015 Campaign breaks all the records! We raised $11,811,120! That is the most money UWGLV ever raised in the Lehigh Valley and it's all because of YOU!

2016

UWGLV meregs with United Way of Carbon County as another step in a progression toward the regionalism in the Lehigh Valley. The merger provides a new level of service to the people of Carbon County, bringing together the resources to create positive change in the lives of individuals and the future of our communities.

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FAQs

What is the origin of United Way? ›

The United Way (United Way of America and now United Way Worldwide) was established in Chicago in early 1918 when twelve representatives from centralized fund-raising agencies met and formed a national organization to exchange ideas, experiences and recommendations.

What is the main focus of United Way? ›

United Way seeks to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way brings people together to build strong, equitable communities where everyone can thrive.

Who created the United Way? ›

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Is United Way still around? ›

United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, we create solutions that build stronger communities. We're improving education, strengthening financial stability and making communities healthier.

When did United Way start? ›

Is United Way a good charity? ›

Exceptional. This charity's score is 91.16, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity.

What is the United Way slogan? ›

We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.

Why should I support the United Way? ›

United Way Worldwide improves education, strengthens financial stability and makes communities healthier. Locally, we connect people with causes that they care about through United Way. As an individual or as an organization, you can get involved by volunteering or giving to our local community.

How many United Ways are there in the world? ›

United Way is engaged in 95% of the U.S., and serves more than 1,100 communities across 37 countries and territories worldwide. We bring poeple together to build stronger, more equitable communities where everyone can thrive.

What was the United Way scandal? ›

United Way suffered a scandal involving the longtime CEO, who was convicted in 1995 of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to federal prison. Much of the decade was spent recovering from that by revamping our governance and operations, writing a new code of ethics, and tightening up our brand management.

Who is the CEO of United Way? ›

President and CEO

Angela F. Williams is President and CEO of United Way Worldwide – the first Black woman to lead America's favorite charity. Angela oversees United Way Worldwide's global network serving 48 million people across 37 countries each year.

Why give to United Way instead of directly to charity? ›

By giving through United Way, donors are assured their gifts support initiatives and programs focused on Education, Health and Income. This support allows smaller local agencies to benefit from fundraising connections made by United Way and allows theirs staff to focus directly on providing services.

How much money does the CEO of United Way make? ›

The salary of the CEO of United Way is $1.57 million per year.

How does United Way raise money? ›

How does the United Way raise money? The United Way is a federated fund that collects donations in cooperative workplace giving drives, through major corporate and individual gifts, and through individual donations and other giving efforts.

How does United Way spend their money? ›

Most of your donation stays in your local community, supporting charities you designate, while a portion is used for administrative expenses and fundraising. Since each local United Way has its own unique expenses, you have to look to your local organization to determine just where your donation goes.

How many United Ways are there in the US? ›

The United Way movement includes approximately 1,100 community-based United Way organizations.

What does Feeding America do? ›

Feeding America is the largest charity working to end hunger in the United States. We partner with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger. We advocate for policies that create long-term solutions to hunger.

Who owns United Way of Baroda? ›

Baroda, India. Amit Goradia is a first-generation Entrepreneur. He completed his Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, (IIT – Mumbai) in 1973. Immediately after his studies he got into business, which has grown exponentially over the last five decades.

Is United Way ethical? ›

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.

How much of the money donated to the United Way goes to administrative costs? ›

I need to update my contact or payment information. To update your contact or payment information, please contact your local United Way. How much of my donation goes to administrative costs? On average across the country, 85 cents of every dollar raised by United Way goes directly back to the community.

Is Red Cross a good charity? ›

Good. This charity's score is 88.99, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity.

What are United Way colors? ›

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Blue and white serve as the primary colors, with light blue, yellow and red used to accent. This palette should be primarily reserved for internal or multi-page informational documents that do not have a fight or win message, including corporate identity materials or brand specific items and assets.

What is United Way Wikipedia? ›

United Way is an international network of over 1,800 local nonprofit fundraising affiliates.

What does United Way do Reddit? ›

What United Way offers as a granting entity is holding the organizations it grants accountable and measuring the impact in the community. UW is known on an academic level for "Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach." They work with the grantees to make sure that the money is used efficiently.

Who are the stakeholders in the United Way? ›

Developed collaboratively, involving diverse stakeholders — Your United Way can help include perspectives from businesses, municipal leaders, the philanthropic community, schools, and community-based organizations.

Is there a United Way in Ukraine? ›

United Way's global United for Ukraine fund enables U.S.-based individual and corporate donors to give and receive appropriate tax receipting to support crisis relief efforts for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

How many United Ways are there in Canada? ›

United Way is a federated network of 69 local United Way Centraide offices serving more than 5,000 communities across Canada, each registered as its own non-profit organization and governed by an independent volunteer-led local Board of Directors.

How many non profit agencies does the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Fund? ›

We depend on strong partnerships with 200 agencies and community collaboratives to make the Greater Cincinnati area a better place for us all.

Did wounded warrior project get in trouble? ›

After months of investigation, the Better Business Bureau has cleared the Wounded Warrior Project, one of the nation's largest veterans charities, of “lavish spending,” and gave the nonprofit organization its seal of approval.

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Federated Campaigns – Funds contributed from a variety of sources and dispersed broadly throughout the community. The best=known federated campaign is the United Way.

What charity does Newman's Own go to? ›

Fighting for kids since 1982

When Newman's Own first began, Paul Newman declared that 100% of the profits would go to good causes. The mission continues today through Newman's Own Foundation. In total, more than $570 million has been donated to good causes since 1982.

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The Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2014, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Some define strategic philanthropy to mean a very prescriptive approach, describing situations where donors try to figure out solutions themselves and then impose them on nonprofit organizations, on communities, or on others who are working on change on the ground.

How much has Newman's Own donated? ›

According to the Newman's Own Foundation website, over $550 million has been generated for charity since 1982.

Which charity gives the highest percentage? ›

Charity NamePercentage of funds that go directly to the cause, versus administrative or fundraising costs
Feeding America's Hungry Children99.10%
Caring Voice Coalition99.00%
Foster Care to Success99.00%
Good36099.00%
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Why do CEOs of charities make so much? ›

Having to ensure the charity can bring in donations, secure funding and manage its finances correctly is one of the big reasons non-profit CEOs make so much money. The CEO of a non-profit is also finally responsible for ensuring all financial regulations are followed, another reason for their high salaries.

How much does the CEO of St Jude's make? ›

St. Jude Medical CEO Starks pay rises to $6.7 million - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.

How is United Way structured? ›

Each local United Way operation is autonomously run as an independently incorporated organization. These organizations are led and staffed by local volunteers and have their own board of directors wholly independent from the parent organization, United Way Worldwide.

How did United Way start? ›

In Denver, Colorado 1887, religious leaders founded the Charity Organization Society, the first United Way organization that planned and coordinated local services and conducted a single fundraising campaign for 22 agencies. The first fundraising campaign raised $21,700.

Who is the CEO of United Way? ›

President and CEO

Angela F. Williams is President and CEO of United Way Worldwide – the first Black woman to lead America's favorite charity. Angela oversees United Way Worldwide's global network serving 48 million people across 37 countries each year.

What was the United Way scandal? ›

United Way suffered a scandal involving the longtime CEO, who was convicted in 1995 of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to federal prison. Much of the decade was spent recovering from that by revamping our governance and operations, writing a new code of ethics, and tightening up our brand management.

What is the United Way slogan? ›

We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.

How many countries is the United Way in? ›

United Way Worldwide (UWW) is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories.

Why give to United Way instead of directly to charity? ›

By giving through United Way, donors are assured their gifts support initiatives and programs focused on Education, Health and Income. This support allows smaller local agencies to benefit from fundraising connections made by United Way and allows theirs staff to focus directly on providing services.

How much money does the CEO of United Way make? ›

The salary of the CEO of United Way is $1.57 million per year.

How does United Way raise money? ›

How does the United Way raise money? The United Way is a federated fund that collects donations in cooperative workplace giving drives, through major corporate and individual gifts, and through individual donations and other giving efforts.

Who stole from United Way? ›

Aramony was convicted on 25 felony counts related to the corruption scandal in 1995 and sentenced to seven years in prison. Two co-conspirators, Thomas Merlo and Stephen Paulachak, were also convicted of defrauding UWA. All three were found guilty of taking over $1 million from UWA.

Is Red Cross a good charity? ›

Good. This charity's score is 88.99, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity.

How many United Ways are there in the US? ›

United Way is an international network of over 1,800 local nonprofit fundraising affiliates. United Way was the largest nonprofit organization in the United States by donations from the public, prior to 2016.

Why should I support the United Way? ›

United Way Worldwide improves education, strengthens financial stability and makes communities healthier. Locally, we connect people with causes that they care about through United Way. As an individual or as an organization, you can get involved by volunteering or giving to our local community.

What are United Way colors? ›

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Blue and white serve as the primary colors, with light blue, yellow and red used to accent. This palette should be primarily reserved for internal or multi-page informational documents that do not have a fight or win message, including corporate identity materials or brand specific items and assets.

What does Feeding America do? ›

Feeding America is the largest charity working to end hunger in the United States. We partner with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger. We advocate for policies that create long-term solutions to hunger.

How is United Way structured? ›

Each local United Way operation is autonomously run as an independently incorporated organization. These organizations are led and staffed by local volunteers and have their own board of directors wholly independent from the parent organization, United Way Worldwide.

Is United Way in Ukraine? ›

United Way's global United for Ukraine fund enables U.S.-based individual and corporate donors to give and receive appropriate tax receipting to support crisis relief efforts for refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Who owns United Way of Baroda? ›

Baroda, India. Amit Goradia is a first-generation Entrepreneur. He completed his Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, (IIT – Mumbai) in 1973. Immediately after his studies he got into business, which has grown exponentially over the last five decades.

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