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.

    • United Way will seek to be a prominent voice in central Iowa on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion – using the organization’s influence and privilege as a platform for other voices, that have historically been marginalized, to be heard.
    • Equity Principles will be incorporated into the organization’s investment and grant processes.
    • Goals will be established to diversify engagement with volunteer leadership, donors, and corporate and community partnerships.
    • Volunteer opportunities will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
    • The organization will advocate for policies at the local, state, and federal levels to 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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