Our Mission

To end intergenerational poverty in our region by harnessing, leveraging and strategically investing the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty.

Our Vision

Sitting at the intersection of the private sector, philanthropy, government and community organizations, an optimized United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey serves as a trusted and respected resource for those who want to be involved and invested in eliminating the scourge of poverty from our region. We aim to be subject matter experts who convene and convince people around strategies that have demonstrable success in lifting people out of poverty. We invite individuals and corporations to entertain the idea that they could be doing more to extend the prosperity that they are experiencing to their neighbors. Then, we show them how.

Our Approach to Change

Complex challenges like poverty require a systems-change approach that starts with local and individual impact. What sets us apart as a community change agent is the unique combination of tools, resources, and expertise we channel to end intergenerational poverty – one child, one adult, and one family at a time. And it starts with our Impact Fund.

Driving Local Impact


Leveraging a systems-change approach starts with you. Your investment in the Impact Fund supports a two-generation approach to build youth success and stability for their families.


Through a unique combination of partners, resources and community expertise, we advocate for and invest in early learning, career pathways and pipelines, family stability and community stability supports.


With your support, we will ensure that 90% of children in our area will be reading on grade level by the end of third grade.


With your support, 50,000 youth aged 15–25 will reconnect to school or work; we will prevent 16,000 from falling off track.


With your support, we will help 300,000 individuals overcome poverty and prevent 300,000 more from slipping into its cycle.


Children succeed, families thrive and communities across our region become stronger. We become a more vibrant region.

Results Based Accountability

At United Way, we are committed to delivering measurable, lasting results. Through our Results-Based Accountability framework, we have set goals at both the agency and community levels to track our progress toward building youth success and family stability. We measure how much work is done, how well that work is performed, and ultimately, whether anyone is better off as a result of these efforts.

Community Level Targets

Community-level targets are driven by eight strategies related to our Impact focus areas. We partner with nonprofit organizations that deliver measurable results, and together, we are working to turn these curves:

  • Number of children reading on grade level at the end of third grade
  • Number of youth aged 15-25 reconnected to school or the workforce
  • Number of individuals and families at 200% of the federal poverty line or above

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