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 achieve their potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.



Community Engagement
Striving for Excellence


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.

home.png  1111 9th Street, Suite #100, Des Moines IA 50314

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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


Nora Everett

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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Elisabeth Buck

Elisabeth Buck