History of United Way


MLK Day of Service 10th year Anniversary with over 2,800 volunteers participating in service projects.

First community impact process focused on collaboration launched.


Pilot programs, funded by an anonymous donor, were launched in Durham County.

PremiumHelp.org provided assistance with insurance premiums to improve access to health care.


Community Impact is the organizational focus- lead with the work, not the money.

Specific outcomes defined and announced to the community. Initial collective impact work; moving to changed structure.


UWGT focus areas are defined: Education, Health, & Financial Stability.


First CEO Sleepout

“Old” United Way tradition is broken. Now open process to all agencies, not only partner agencies. Standardized outcomes and measures to agencies.


County-based funding and local action plans prioritized.


UWGT defines outcomes and measures for the agencies.

United Way of Johnston County merged with Triangle United Way with a new name of United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT).


UWGT was called upon to handle the Victim’s Fund for the ConAgra Explosion in Garner, NC to help families and employees.


Young Leaders Society (YLS) was established to engage and connect young professionals to the works of service and social responsibility by participating in volunteer, personal, and professional growth opportunities.


Streamlined committees with county representation to make funding decisions.

Regional work (ending homelessness) funded for the 1st time.


American Social Health took over the 2-1-1 call center and relocated to their own facility.

Over 1,700 volunteers participated in the very first MLK Day of Service helping to make it “a day on, not a day off” by completing 60 community projects.


Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) was established to inspire, celebrate, educate, and engage women in philanthropy and community service to positively impact lives.


2-1-1 service was established to provide easy access services by dialing three digits to inquire about information and referral services.

Ms. Patricia Hill of Raleigh, on our Loyal Contributors list, was noted as being a donor to United Way since 1928.


Agencies grouped and funded around Children/ Youth/ Families/ Seniors/ Basic Needs and Health.

Allocations become program focused…but funding remains historically based and 21 committees determined allocations!


The African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) was established to honor African American philanthropy.


Teaming for Technology (T4T) began as an AmeriCorps VISTA program of TUW to bridge the digital divide providing computers to schools, education supporting nonprofits and their students.


TUW served as main Operation Center and Call Center for those affected by Hurricane Fran. Partnered with the state government and other organizations to help those in need.


United Ways of Greater Durham, Orange, and Wake County combined in one central location and became Triangle United Way (TUW).

The merger saved $100,000 in administrative costs, increased fundraising dollars and expanded services to more people in the Triangle.


United Way of America developed two Internet products, United Way Online for local United Ways and a website for the general public.

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


United Way of America was selected by Financial World magazine as the charity of choice for its leadership in non-for-profit ethics and accountability.

First year of United Way of America’s Quality Awards. They recognized the organizations that demonstrated measurable progress in customer satisfaction and productivity.


A fully staffed Operations Center at United Way of America worked closely with other organizations to help those in need during the Persian Gulf War.


United Way recognized its centennial by saluting the American volunteer through many programs, including dedication of United Way postage stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.


United Ways raised $1.68 billion, a 10.1 percent increase over the previous year. This represented the largest single-year percentage increase.


The NFL and the United Way establish their partnership to increase public awareness of social service issues facing the country. NFL players support their local United Ways through personal appearances, special programs, and serving on United Way governing boards.


United Way of America moved from New York City to Alexandria, Virginia.


More than 1,000 communities had established United Way organizations.


The nation’s first modern Community Chest was born in Cleveland, where a program for allocating campaign funds was developed.


Religious leaders founded the Charity Organizations Society in Denver, which planned and coordinated local services and conducted a single fund-raising campaign for 22 agencies. This was the first “United Way” organization and raised $21,700.