Each year United Way works with legislators, communities, programs and leaders across the state of Iowa to establish mission-driven public policy goals and priorities to achieve systemic changes.
United Way’s advocacy work is focused on:
Developing relationships with elected officials from both parties at all levels of
Sharing what we have learned from our initiatives and heard from the community
Focusing on where we align with others and working with allies to collectively drive change
Below are tools, references, and information regarding United Way's advocacy efforts in Iowa.
Scroll down to see United Way's 2018 legislative scorecard.
Nonprofit Advocacy & Lobbying
Can nonprofits lobby? What is legal? The following sites are useful resources for nonprofits engaging in public policy and advocacy
2018 Legislative Priorities & Results
Each year United Way of Central Iowa and other United Ways around the state collaborate to develop our top priorities for the Iowa legislature in the areas of education, income and health, the building blocks for a good quality of life. Our work to advocate for public policy changes to work toward achieving our goals for 2020 happen both directly through face to face meetings with legislators, leaders, and influencers in our community, and indirectly by helping all central Iowans to engage their legislators regarding these issues.
Below are the legislative priorities that were identified for the 2018 legislative session, and a summary of their progress at the end of session. Download a PDF of our 2018 Legislative Scorecard for a printable summary.