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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Events

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is authentically committed to diversity and inclusion in both our internal and external work.

Our work to break the cycle of childhood poverty

We focus on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty in our region. We know that communities of color face the greatest disparities in terms of childhood poverty. That’s why equity is so important to our work in the community. Learn more.

Staff and board diversity

We’re proud to be able to say that our staff and board demographics reflect the diversity of the four-county region we serve.

 Four-County RegionUWCW StaffUWCW Leadership
Racial Diversity26.4%30.5%50%
Female/Male Ratio50% / 50%64.4% / 35.6%50% / 50%


Internal diversity work

We have a variety of internal committees and work groups that staff are encouraged to join. One is the Diversity Committee, a.k.a. the “Culture Club.” This group serves as a sounding board for new internal policies and procedures to make sure that we’re taking into account diversity and inclusion. It also helps with diversity-related projects, such as staff diversity trainings, assessing our equity as an organization and developing an equity lens for our work. Finally, the group leads our involvement in external cultural events in the community.

Community events

Many United Way staff members enthusiastically look forward to our participation in community cultural events each year, including:

  • Portland PRIDE Parade and Festival
  • Good in the Hood
  • Saturday in the Park (Vancouver’s Pride festival)