About United Way

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette  is more than a nonprofit organization – we are a community problem solver. We are one of 1,800 United Ways located around the world focused on advancing the greater good by addressing the issues that matter the most to the areas we serve.

Locally, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is focused on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. We are harnessing the caring power of people across multiple sectors – community members, corporations, small business, government, nonprofits, schools, and labor – to bring about the systemic change needed to improve the lives for kids and families living in poverty in our four counties.

Since our founding in 1920, we have helped hundreds of corporations based here in the Pacific Northwest with their corporate social responsibility efforts by facilitating workplace giving campaigns, organizing targeted volunteer efforts, and telling great stories of how local businesses are advancing philanthropy throughout our region, and we couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments together.
We are better together.

That’s why we’re inviting you to take our work one step further by joining our efforts to break the cycle of childhood poverty in our four counties. It’s our region’s most ambitious and comprehensive anti-poverty initiative yet.

Poverty is growing rapidly in our region. Tackling an issue of this magnitude won’t be easy. Poverty is a complex and multi-faceted issue. It’s more than any one organization can address alone. In order to bring about the systemic change needed to improve the lives for kids and families living in poverty, it’s going to take all of us!

To ensure kids living in poverty in our region get what they need to succeed, United Way has centered our work with you and other members of the community with three goals in mind:

  • Successful Students: A strong educational foundation
  • Stable Families: A stable foundation at home
  • Connected Communities: A strong fabric of supports

Our comprehensive, holistic strategy includes a range of resources – not only grant funding, but also volunteer investments, staff expertise, and shared knowledge from our collaborative partners. United Way is proud to partner with local donors, nonprofits, volunteers, businesses, schools, government agencies, and community members to break the cycle of childhood poverty.

Learn more about our partnerships and investments: