In addition to fundraising, Ohio United Ways are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing community issues. United Ways have led the nonprofit sector in the call for transparent accountability and measurable results.
To achieve measurable, lasting change, United Ways identify and build on community strengths and assets; help individuals and groups with specific community interests find ways to contribute their time and talents; support direct-service programs and community-change efforts; and advocate for public policy changes.
All of this is done in collaboration with diverse partners. Depending on the issue and how the community chooses to address it, United Ways work with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others.
Because of the unique conditions in diverse communities, the issues United Ways address are determined locally. Challenges ranging from behavioral health and domestic violence to hunger and homelessness to infant mortality are on the agenda for various United Ways.
Although priorities for United Way action are primarily set by local United Ways, there exists a common message among all Ohio United Way members that includes our annual legislative priorities:
To view Ohio United Way’s legislative priorities, CLICK HERE.