United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey



Our Vision

To be the region's leading catalyst for change, inspiring and uniting local communities to collaboratively invest in results that ensure children succeed in school, families are financially stable, and older adults thrive.

Our History

Members of the business community established our United Way in 1921, although it was originally called the Welfare Federation of Philadelphia. It was created to eliminate overlapping charities, so money could be raised and distributed more efficiently. From its inception until today, United Way remains one of the most outstanding ways for individuals and corporations to make an impact on local health, education, and social service needs.

As originally conceived, United Way still ensures that those most in need are getting the best help they can. We are committed to treating entire communities, providing the tools, services, and expertise that can enable those communities to become stronger and more independent.

Mission: To harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable results that improve the lives of people in our region.
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