UNITED to THRIVE

United Way of Central Iowa's Strategic Imperative.

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Volunteer Hub

Connecting nonprofits and volunteers, click the button below to get involved and make a difference. 

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LIVE UNITED 2022

View the recording of the event from May 9, see the award winners, and view the Community Report.

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What we do

WHAT WE DO

You know United Way... but do you understand what we do?

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Central Iowans are United to Thrive, and to make our community better for all.

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

You know United Way... but do you understand what we do?

 

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 that fall within the Five Elements of a thriving community as listed below. Click the icon to find specific information about that issue here in central Iowa—and how United Way uniting central Iowans to thrive.

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Essential
Needs
Essential Needs

Early Childhood
Success
EARLY CHILDHOOD SUCCESS

Education
Success
Education

Economic
OpportunityECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Health &
Well-BeingHealth & Well-Being

 

DONOR AFFINITY GROUPS

Affinity groups allow like-minded donors to direct their giving and volunteering to the causes they care about most, and to meet and learn with others with that same passion for helping others in our community. These powerful groups band together to have great impact on some of our most challenging issues.

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ELI

The Education Leadership Initiative (ELI) are donors focused on helping students make a successful transition to high school.

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TOCQUEVILLE

The Members of the Tocqueville Society give a minimum of $10,000 each year, and lead many initiatives in our community.

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LEAD UNITED

Lead United members are all donors who give $1,000 or more to United Way each year, devoting their giving to improving all lives in central Iowa.

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UNITED LEAGUE

United LEAGUE members are African American or Black donors who give to help improve economic opportunities for all central Iowans.

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LINC

LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change) unites  young professionals and focuses on central Iowans’ essential needs, such as food and shelter.

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WOMEN UNITED

Women United members are leadership donors who are passionate about school readiness and early childhood initiatives.

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