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United Way Worldwide

MottoLive United
Formation1887 Denver , Colorado , United States
TypePrivate non-profit
Legal statusActive
PurposeCharitable organization
Headquarters701 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314
Region servedWorldwide
President and CEOBrian A. Gallagher
Websitewww .unitedway .org
Twitter@unitedway
FacebookUnitedWay

In 1887, Denver priest, two ministers and Rabbi recognized need for cooperative action to address their citys welfare problems. Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William JORyan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads together to plan first United campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created organizations to serve as agents to collect funds for local charities, well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be refer. That year, Denver raised $21 700 and created movement that would spread throughout country to become United Way. Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing caring power of communities and making difference in peoples ' lives.

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History

Introduction: Describing history of United Way Organization is complicated by fact that in latter part of nineteenth century, two separate but important historical trends were developing. Both of these trends were for most part response to effects of industrialization, rapid growth of urban areas, increases in level and degree of poverty and expanding number of Local Charities attempting to help needy and poor. First Trend Was Effort To Design And Use More Scientific Approach To Efficiently And Effectively Organize Many Local And Overlapping Charities Created To Help Poor. Outcome Of This Effort Was Creation Of Local Charity Organization Societies In Urban Areas. Second Trend Was Effort To Use More Scientific Approach To Coordinate Many And Diverse Charitable Fund-Raising Efforts Directed At Wealthy Contributors And Companies. Outcome Of This Effort Eventually Resulted In What Came To Be Known As Federate Fund-Raising. Over time, these two initiatives evolve, expand and then merge into what was known for long time as Community Chest and Council Organizations, later United Way of America and today United Way Worldwide. Organizing Local Charities: Efforts to organize and rationalize, rapidly expanding number of Local Charities on community wide basis begin with founding of Charity Organization Society of Buffalo, New York in 1877. Impetus For COS Movement Had Its Roots In Urbanization And Resulting Loss Of Community And Mutual Aid That Had Been Prevalent In Rural Areas Of Western Europe And United States. Residents of urban areas in 1870s experienced industrial accidents, poor sanitation, diseases, unemployment, slum housing, poverty, family breakdown and other social and economic problems. When afflicted by unemployment, sickness, old age or physical disability, individuals and families living in urban without relatives or financial resources have few options for Assistance: apply for public relief, appeal to private charities or beg help from strangers. COS Movement Was First Introduced Into United States By Two Men From Buffalo, New York Who Were Deeply Concerned About Expanding Destitution Caused By Long Depression Of 1870s. One was Episcopal rector, Rev. Stephen Humphreys Gurteen, other was T. Guilford Smith, young successful and parishioner Marys Church where Rev. Gurteen serve. Along with circle of friends, they discuss social and economic problems of their community, proliferation of private charities, and what more could be done to ameliorate poverty. Plan Emerged And, As Part Of That Plan, Rev. Gurteen traveled to England and spent summer of 1877 learning about London Charity Organization Society. On his return, men drew up plans to create COS in Buffalo. Major Reason For Establishing Buffalo COS Was Dire Economic And Social Circumstances City Was Experiencing From Decade Of Severe Economic Depression And Industrial Strife In 1870s.

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Global expansion

In 1887, Denver woman, priest, two ministers and Rabbi got together. It sounds like beginning of bad joke, but they didn't walk into bar; what they did do was recognize need to work together on new ways to make Denver better place. Frances Wisebart Jacobs, Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William JORyan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put together idea that become nation's First United campaign, 10 area health and welfare agencies. They created organizations to collect funds for local to coordinate Relief services, to counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and to make Emergency Assistance grants for cases that could not be refer. That year, Denver raised $21 700 for this greater good, and created movement that would become United Way. United Way still solutions to communities' toughest problems. But we're not grandfather's United Way. Today's United Way is bringing people, organizations and communities together around common cause, common vision, and common path forward. In many communities, we're only nonprofit up cornerstones of education, financial stability and healthand only nonprofit bringing people together from all walks of life to be part of local solutions. We're engaged in nearly 1 800 communities across more than countries and territories, where people are powering big ideas and big action by donating, volunteering and speaking out through United Way. We're not doing it alone. United Way is able to make lasting difference because we work together with strategic partners who share our vision. Partners like NFL. Back in 1973, we joined forces with NFL to boost awareness of what was then called social service issues. Together, we create public service announcements and programs NFL players, coaches and owners. From this partnershipthe longest running of its kindweve draft 39 000 people to serve readers, tutors and mentors. Since 2007, our nationwide Play60 campaign has also encouraged kids and families to healthy food choices and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. You can see our evolution through lens of 2-11, free and confidential hotline that helps millions of people find resources they need, 24-7. In 2000, we joined with Alliance of Information and Referral Systems to successfully petition Federal Communications Commission to designate 2-11 as health and human services Information hotline. Originally created by United Way of Atlanta, 2-11 is easy-To-remember and universally recognizable telephone number. Like 911 and 411, it help people reach out in times of to find local support and services. In years that follow, 2-11 grew into essential post-Disaster resource, providing Emergency Assistance for victims of 9-11 and Relief for communities devastated by hurricanes, floods, mudslides, tornadoes and man-make disasters in US on other side of globe, United Way coordinated efforts to help Indian Ocean communities in wake of 2004 tragic tsunami in South Asia.

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