At United Way we are committed to equity in every aspect of our work - from our interactions with the public to our engagement with donors and our allocation of resources across communities. We must serve the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups in our region effectively and we know that focusing on race and ethnicity is critical to ending the historical and social inequities that continue to exist in our region.
We also know that tremendous assets exist within traditionally underserved communities. Within these communities are our current and future community leaders and community change-agents. United Way is committed to working with diverse communities and individuals as partners, donors and volunteers. We can only eliminate disparities when people from our region have the opportunity to make a difference.
We strive to reflect the demographics of the community on our board, on our staff, in our funding decisions and in our community engagement efforts. We incorporate equity principles and practices in our hiring, promotion and retention policies and hold ourselves accountable for creating United Way’s culture of diversity and inclusion.
With our investments and partnerships, we place priority on culturally specific organizations. Those are organizations in which:
- The majority of clients served are from a specific cultural community (e.g. African American, African, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic, Slavic),
- There is a predominance of bilingual and/or bicultural staff and board that reflects the community served (e.g. African American, African, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic, and Slavic),
- The organizational environment is culturally focused and identifiable by consumer as such; and,
- The organization or program is established and successful at community engagement and involvement with the culturally specific communities being served.
Based on the definition in the Coalition of Communities of Color's Philanthropy Report.