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Investing in what matters most

With the support of tens of thousands across our region, the Impact Fund is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against poverty.

Children succeed when their parents or caregivers succeed. The Impact Fund takes a two-generation approach by creating opportunities from infancy to adulthood. To help break the cycle of poverty, we focus on: 

  • Early Learning
  • Career Pathways
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Community Resiliency 

Join the fight to expand opportunity for all. Your gift plays an important role in harnessing the collective power of our region. 

Why Fight Poverty?

  • 50% of children born into poverty are expected to experience poverty through adulthood. 
  • Poverty disproportionately impacts communities of color, with 25% of Black families, 33% of Hispanic families and 8% of white families living in poverty in Philadelphia. 
  • Research shows that poverty determines a child’s educational experiences, healthcare, nutrition and life expectancy.
  • Poverty is the most pressing challenge facing our region, home to Philadelphia, the nation’s poorest big city, and some of the poorest areas in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
  • In our region alone, more than 705,000 adults and children struggle to survive a life of poverty every day.

region-WIDE impact  

Helping our neighbors from Philadelphia to the tip of Cape May

A gift to the Impact Fund supports life-saving, transformative missions across Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Through our nine-county footprint, we support work that is vital to our communities, our families, and to each and every one of us. We proudly serve:

  • Chester County
  • Delaware County
  • Montgomery County
  • Philadelphia County
  • Atlantic County
  • Burlington County
  • Camden County
  • Cape May County
  • Cumberland County 

Learn more on our county impact 


Making smart investments through research

Our leaders are experts in the poverty-fighting space. They use their skills and experience to identify redundancies, determine gaps and collaborate when needed to make smart investments.

Research and data analysis continually inform our approach and direct our investment strategies. All to measurably and meaningfully reduce poverty in our region.

Meet THE LeaderS behind the work

United Way is one of the few regional organizations trying to end the full pipeline of issues causing intergenerational poverty – a big and bold initiative – by bringing together the dynamic thinkers, funders and organizations that have
the ability to create real change.
- Melissa Grimm, Donor & Board Member

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