Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together individuals and organizations from every corner of central Iowa to create and implement initiatives focused on producing real results in the areas of education, income and health.

Many think of United Way as simply an organization that provides funds to other nonprofits, but we have evolved beyond that to a very different organization. United Way of Central Iowa is a "Collective Impact" organization. Our real power comes from bringing together local nonprofits, businesses, elected officials and community leaders to collaborate and implement solutions to some of our community's most pervasive challenges.



Improve Lives By Uniting The Caring Power of Community

This is the compass by which we conduct all of our work, and the goal we strive to achieve.



Engage Community to Empower All

United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families have the opportunity to thrive through the five elements of a thriving community:

  • Essential Needs
  • Early Childhood Success
  • Education Success
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Health & Well-Being



Community Engagement
Striving for Excellence

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

United Way of Central Iowa strives to be a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We seek to represent and advocate for the many people who proudly make up our community and we value and promote inclusiveness in all aspects of our work. The organization employs and promotes individuals, recruits volunteers, and partners with programs that inclusively support the diversity of our local community.

In all levels of staff and governance, United Way of Central Iowa is dedicated to greater diversity within the organization and to providing equal opportunity to people, without regard to race, religion, skin color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental abilities, genetic information, pregnancy, disability, age, family or marital status, veteran status and socio-economic status or other characteristics protected by applicable law.

We believe that each United Way of Central Iowa community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to addressing community issues. We recognize that we have the role, responsibility, and opportunity to partner across organizations throughout the community to close equity gaps.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.



United Way of Central Iowa is located North of downtown Des Moines on 9th street in the United Way Human Services Campus. This facility, in addition to being our home, provides offices to several human services nonprofit agencies, as well as a conference center for events.

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“ Our volunteer leaders all share a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of Central Iowans in the areas of education, income and health.  It truly is a privilege to be involved with United Way and to serve people in our community."”

Meet our Board of Directors & Cabinets


Sean Vicente

United Way of Central Iowa Board Chair

"We are proud to serve central Iowa, and strive every day to make it a better community for all. Our team of dedicated professionals bring expertise from many areas." 

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Mary Sellers