History of United Way

2015

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

First community impact process focused on collaboration launched.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2013

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

2012

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.

2010

County-based funding and local action plans prioritized.

2009

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).

2009

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

2008

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.

2008

Streamlined committees with county representation to make funding decisions.

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

2005

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.

2003

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

2001

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.

1999

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!

1999

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

1996

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.

1996

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.

1996

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.

1996

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.

1994

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.

1991

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.

1987

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.

1981

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

1973

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.

1971

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

1948

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

1913

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

1887

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.