History

 

The Beginning

In 1887, a Colorado woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi worked together in new ways to make Denver a better place. They created an organization which would become the United Way. The monies they raised with their first-ever campaign supported 10 area health and welfare agencies through emergency assistance grants.

But, we're not your great-great grandfather's United Way.

Today's United Way

Today's United Way is bringing people, organizations, and communities together to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 counties and territories where we surround a community's most critical problems. And we fight.

The Continuing Need

For over 125 years, United Way has been the world's largest privately funded nonprofit organization. Today, the world needs the United Way more than ever, but change doesn't happen alone. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.