United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on education, income and health. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action — to give, advocate and volunteer — to improve the conditions in which they live. The United Way concept was founded in Colorado, USA in 1887. In the mid 1900s local United Ways founded a national organization, later called United Way of America, to support them with training, coordination, advocacy, the sharing of best practices, and more. In 1928, a Community Chest organization was established in Cape Town, South Africa — the first United Way outside the United States. By 1974, there were enough United Way organizations internationally to demand the kind of support provided by the national organization, United Way of America, and United Way International was born. Its staff spoke eight languages, with a Board of Directors from more than seven countries, working with member organizations in 45 countries and territories outside the US. In May 2009,...


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