What is United Way?

United Way is a worldwide organization of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. United Ways bring communities together to focus on the most important needs in the community, build partnerships, forge consensus and leverage resources to make a measurable difference. For

What does this United Way do?

United Way provides much more than dollars. It has an overview perspective of the community. Each local United Way identifies community issues, convenes community groups and develops special initiatives. It certifies agencies and holds them accountable for outcomes.  Some have called United Way’s certification the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval for nonprofit agencies.  And our

Who runs United Way of the Greater Triangle?

United Way of the Greater Triangle is run by a volunteer board of directors comprised of community leaders and partners living and working in the Greater Triangle area (Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties), interested in creating community solutions.

What is the relationship of our local United Way to United Way Worldwide?

United Way Worldwide (UWW) provides support services to local, independent United Way organizations across the country. UWW provides advertising, research on national social needs, educational instruction, and strategic planning for methods that local United Ways can use to improve their communities. More than 1,400 local United Ways belong to UWW, contributing 1% of their campaign

How do I apply for funding?

United Way of the Greater Triangle will offer several opportunities in the upcoming year to apply for funding. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to find out when applications for funding will be open.  

How much of each contribution is spent on administrative costs?

For fiscal year 2019, $0.83 of every dollar will be invested into community programs, vs. the national nonprofit average of $0.63. This means $0.17 cents of every dollar funds programs like 2-1-1 and covers administrative and fundraising costs. (The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance sets the maximum recommended rate for overhead costs at nonprofit organizations at

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