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Fueling resources
when needed most

Community Resiliency

Working side-by-side with nonprofit partners to ensure resources, relief and basic needs get to the people who need it most.

Why Invest in Community Resiliency

For over a decade, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has responded to community needs by working alongside hundreds of organizations to expand their critical direct services and provide support when disaster strikes.

When the pandemic hit, supporting food distribution, rent, utility assistance, benefits enrollment, and 2-1-1, were more critical than ever. But this is far from enough. 

Now, more than ever, your support can help fuel resources and organizations that are core to the health and well-being of our communities. 

The Impact of a United Force

 $3.19 Million Impact Fund Investments in Community Resiliency


People received emergency rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.


Received emergency food assistance.


2-1-1 calls, connecting people to support and resources.


Individuals and organizations trained in trauma-informed care

FY 2021
Collective Poverty-Fighting Network of Community Partners Across Nine Counties

2-1-1 gave me a way to keep food on the table and stay safe
during the pandemic.
- Diana, 2-1-1 Caller

Community Resiliency Approach

  • Providing basic needs, support and resources to people who need it most 
  • Investing in proven, evidence-based partners that build the capacity of community organizations
  • Advocating for poverty-fighting issues across community and legislative partners
  • Identifying gaps and seeding new partnerships to support poverty-fighting efforts 



When disaster strikes or rapid response is needed, we’re there to help. From WWII to Hurricane Sandy to Covid-19, we quickly deploy resources and support to the people who need it most. 


Nonprofits are on the frontlines of helping families in our region thrive. Helping these organizations build their capacity and become more sustainable is key to lifting more families out of poverty. 

By providing coaching, financial-management training, and other technical support, our nonprofits partners can expand their reach and advance their vital missions.


Too many in our region are suffering from the impacts of ongoing trauma, whether it’s caused by violence, crime, poverty, racism or systemic inequality. 

Together with our partners, we train those who work directly with people impacted by the effects of trauma to support healing.


The poverty fight calls for ongoing innovation. We seed new ideas and fund new partnerships to address systemic gaps in service throughout our region.




Strengthening Local Organizations

The Readiness, Implementation, and Sustainability for Effectiveness (RISE) Partnership is a three-year learning program that helps non-profit organizations strengthen their impact and advance their missions.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is committed to using data to improve outcomes, increase impact and invest in our nonprofit community. 

Learn More About RISE


“Our work with RISE has helped us get smarter. We have actually grown our capacity over the past couple months.”

—Kenny Holdsman, President & CEO, Philadelphia Youth Basketball