United Ways utilize their greatest resource to improve community conditions: the power of community collaboration. Local United Ways build productive relationships between philanthropists, the business community, the nonprofit community and the public sector to identify and implement solutions to community needs. We work to create effective partnerships between government, private sector and nonprofit organizations, and we share our experience and expertise with the public sector as part of that partnership. Our policy advocacy is most effective when we work together as a network to build support among a majority of policy-makers.
We know that the work of local United Ways cannot be accomplished with only private funds. Because government is a critical decision maker and the major provider and funder of health, financial stability and education, Ohio United Way must actively engage in public policy. United Ways work directly with elected and appointed officials on the federal, state and local levels to address long term and systemic issues that impact education, income, health, and nonprofit effectiveness and accountability.