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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: United way of greater atlanta engages all segments of our community to drive sustainable change in education, income, health, homelessness, while continuing to address urgent and basic human care.

Programs: United way of greater atlanta invests in approximately 330 programs and more than 240 nonprofits across the region through our community impact fund, which is comprised of gifts from donors who designate their contributions to solving critical community issues. Through this fund, united way combines the contributions of tens of thousands of individuals and invests those donations where they will have the greatest impact in solving community issues. Our volunteers examine evidence-based interventions and prioritize community grants based on the best available data. These grants are awarded to programs and organizations that can demonstrate measurable results around the following goals: babies are born healthychildren enter school ready to learn and graduate prepared for careers youth avoid risky behaviors families are self-sufficientpeople have access to primary health carehomeless people are housed within one yearurgent and basic human care needs are met

united way of greater atlanta helps people volunteer in a number of ways, such as lending their professional expertise, advocating on behalf of issues, and donating household and office items. United way provides support and expertise through eight local offices to help communities solve problems. Through technical assistance and gifts in kind atlanta, united way of greater atlanta helps nonprofit organizations operate more effectively and efficiently. We work with stakeholders in communities across our service area to collectively address and implement strategies to ensure that all people in our region can thrive. United way 2-1-1 connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living, as well as those that develop during times of community emergencies. Answering more than 710,000 contacts through telephone and electronic contact, united way 2-1-1 connects people needing help or wanting to provide help with the appropriate local resources.

united way of greater atlanta is the community mobilizer that creates sustainable progress in education, income, health, homelessness and basic needs. Through our network of strategic partners, we forge collaborations and develop capabilities and capacity to effectively address complex community issues. We build on existing programs and implement innovative practices through our core initiatives: ending chronic homelessness; ensuring children enter school ready to learn; connecting people to health services and working toward babies being born healthy; and providing opportunities for our youth to graduate college or technical school prepared for careers.

united way provides support and services to community groups and non-profits in atlanta through the use of the loudermilk conference center. The loudermilk conference center exemplifies united way's commitment to the city by serving as the premier meeting place for greater atlanta non-profit organizations, civic groups, and the business community. United way also owns the woodruff volunteer center and leases space to other non-profits.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 David100

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

United Way gets more bang for the buck. While other organizations focus solely on specific areas, United Way makes an impact in hundreds of areas, creating holistic solutions! From supporting programs that teach the blind to live with dignity and independence, to helping children succeed in school, providing meals to home-bound elderly, I have found United Way's reach to be wider and stronger than any other in the metro region! Wow! I am not surprised the organization continues to do well on Charity Navigator because its fiscal responsibility and high regard among community sectors, leaders and donors give it a powerful reputation we all can trust! Congratulations United Way! Keep up the great work!!!

Dawn Reel

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The United Way of Atlanta is colluding with the City of Atlanta and the monied interests to shut down the only shelter in Atlanta with any real capacity to help the homeless of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. I am SO ANGRY and will NEVER donate a penny to them again. Read some of their many filthy pharisee-worthy deeds: http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/interspire/news/2010/03/12/breaking-city-cap-conspired-to-sabotage-homeless-shelter--part-1.html. Donate to services helping homeless people-- not fake fronts helping a couple homeless people while stabbing the vast majority in the back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I used United Way as a resource when I was in some very hard times. I'm thankful we had it because it provided us information on where we could get food, where we could get bill assistance and etc. At the same time though, there was a lot of times United Way gave wrong information, which could have been easily avoided. Overall though, I would say they've helped a lot though.