Who We Are
United Ways of California improves the health, education and financial results for low-income children and families by enhancing and coordinating the advocacy and community impact work of California’s 29 local United Ways. United Ways of California was formed in 2008 by California's local United Ways seeking to work together to educate state and national leaders about policy issues affecting community impact goals in health, education, and financial stability.
What We Do
Throughout California, local United Ways fight to ensure that every family has the tools and resources they need to lead successful lives. They advance opportunities for low-income people by focusing on three priority areas:
How We Do This
Engaging the Public for the Common Good
United Ways of California advances the health, education and financial sustainability goals of local United Ways through education and advocacy. As a nonpartisan state organization, we believe the involvement of all sectors— business, nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and an engaged citizenry—are required to make progress on vital challenges facing low-income children and families. We see our role as bringing diverse (and sometimes unlikely) groupings of stakeholders together to address common social problems and work closely with local United Ways to create innovative opportunities to address them.
Boosting Program Impact
United Ways of California enhances the community impact of local United Ways by sharing innovations and lessons learned, improving practices, and building organizational capacity.
United Ways of California helps bring funding and resources to the communities that local United Ways serve through regional and statewide collaboratives, and by working with donors who wish to support United Ways at a regional and state level.
California’s United Ways
United Ways are well-positioned to address the needs of Californians. We are connected to our local communities through direct service via local United Ways and their community-based organization partners. Few advocacy organizations also provide or fund services in the areas their beneficiaries need; United Ways of California helps bridge the gap between policy and practice by bringing local United Ways' expertise to the table to inform policymakers on what areas are most critical to low-income Californians.
California’s local United Ways do vital work in their communities. Collectively, they raise over $200 million a year in charitable gifts for targeted investments and critical health, education, and financial sustainability services.
By working together through United Ways of California, local United Ways can more effectively pursue opportunities and develop resources across multiple regions and the entire state, and better influence the state policy environment, which has a significant impact on local United Ways’ success in their communities.
Individually and together, California’s United Ways build a stronger California by mobilizing our public, private and nonprofit sectors through research, civic engagement, public policy advocacy, and results-based funding.