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16 Years of 4-Star Ratings

United Way of Central Iowa is proud to have earned a four-star rating for 16 straight years from Charity Navigator, an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. This record places United Way of Central Iowa in the top 1 percent of charities nationwide. Click the logo to review our complete evaluation.

We are UNITED to THRIVE

United Way of Central Iowa's strategic focus introduces the new way our organization will establish standards, set goals, and measure progress in the community. UNITED to THRIVE will guide every strategic decision as we unite central Iowans to foster a thriving community – one that is equitable, engaged, and empowered.

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THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF A THRIVING COMMUNITY

United Way of Central Iowa focuses on issues in our community in the areas of Education, Income, and Health—the building blocks for a quality life. Below are six focus areas that encompass much of our work. Click below to find specific information about that issue here in central Iowa—and how United Way is leading the fight.


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Essential
Needs

Essential Needs

Early Childhood
Success

EARLY CHILDHOOD SUCCESS

Education
Success

Education

Economic
Opportunity

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Health &
Well-Being

Health

FOCUS ON EQUITY

Examining outcomes through an equity lens is a key component used to inform our strategic and resource investment decisions. While addressing inequities and disparities has always been an important focus in United Way of Central Iowa’s work, our launch of UNITED to THRIVE will make inequities and disparities in our community a top priority in every aspect of our work.

    • We will seek every opportunity to be a prominent, consistent, and resolute voice in central Iowa on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • We will use our influence and privilege as a platform for other voices that have historically been marginalized, so that they can be heard.

    • Equity principles will be incorporated into our investment and grant making processes.

    • We are committed to diversifying our staff, board, various cabinets and other volunteer leadership positions.

    • We will improve engagement from diverse donors, advocates, and volunteers.

    • We will find opportunities to diversify our vendor and community partnerships.

    • We will develop and promote volunteer opportunities focused on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

    • We will collect, analyze, and share data and stories about disparities and inequities to inform and implement equitable solutions.

    • We will advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal level that address root causes of disparity and inequity.

Focusing on equity allows United Way to identify specific areas of intense need to more dramatically progress our communities’ overall ability to thrive.

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