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We lead the region’s largest, most powerful fight to end poverty and expand opportunity for all.

From North Philly to West, from Wiggins Park in Camden to the tip of Cape May, we’re making progress together as a region, proving that the smartest way to combat poverty is the united way.

Because as a force united, we know we’re stronger. 47,007 donors stronger. And we know there’s never been a more critical time to take action.

With a 100 year legacy of driving change, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey plays a unique role breaking down barriers and creating more opportunity throughout our community.

We support where necessary, lead when appropriate, and always seek to build on shared values. Our combined investments fuel life-saving, transformative missions across our region—work that is vital to our communities, our families—to each and every one of us.

Together, we can end poverty and expand opportunity for all. There has never been a more important time to live united. 

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Through the toughest of times, from the Great Depression to Hurricane Sandy to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been there when it matters most.
But we're not done yet.
- Bill Golderer, President & CEO

UNITED WAY approach

Poverty isn’t someone else’s problem. It’s all of ours. And that means keeping it at the top of the agenda. Through our extensive networks, we continually urge for both immediate action and strategic long-term solutions. Our approach allows us to act quickly and respond to our community’s most pressing needs.   

  • Unparalleled ReachWith a global network spanning 40 countries and a regional community of more than 400 businesses, 150+ nonprofits and over 40,000 donors, we deliver poverty-fighting solutions at scale. 
  • Convening Power We gather diverse voices from business, government, funders and nonprofits around the important issues confronting our region – all to bring awareness, resources and funding to systemic issues.
  • research-driven Research and data analysis continually inform our approach and direct our investment strategies – allowing us to identify gaps and respond in real-time to measurably reduce poverty in our region. 
  • community-informed We listen directly to community members – our neighbors, community leaders, and nonprofits – to identify the most pressing challenges so that we can better understand and deploy capital where needed most.
  • COLLECTIVE IMPACT We amplify efforts by combining your gift with other gifts to create an even larger impact. Whether you give $25 or $1500, your money is being invested in proven strategies to help move the needle on poverty. 
  • Vital Advocacy We amplify our collective voices for public policy and issue advocacy critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and expanding opportunity. 

Ending Poverty: A fight we can win

Philadelphia is the nation’s poorest big city. 

In our region alone, more than 705,000 adults and children struggle with poverty each and every day. That’s ten Lincoln Financial Fields filled with people who live on less than $13,000 a year. 

Together, we can change that.

Help us build stronger, more equitable communities.