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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Human Services, Philanthropy

Mission: As the community’s fundraiser, United Way of Allegheny County streamlines the process of getting dollars to agencies that are impacting critical community needs. Each year, thousands of individuals in hundreds of workplace campaigns find help or give help through United Way. United Way ensures maximum community impact and optimal donor value through high standards of organizational excellence and efficiency, expertise in identifying and addressing community needs, and rigorous review and monitoring of non-profit partners.

Geographic areas served: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Programs: Community initiatives/partnerships: preparing children & youth to succeed in school & life: in fiscal year ending june, 30, 2015, allocations totaling approximately $5. 3 million were made related to the children and youth area through agency programs and community initiatives. These investments were made to help children and youth succeed in school by supporting four strategies (early childhood, afterschool, mentoring and tutoring, and school-to-work). Early childhood efforts resulted in preserving high quality early childhood options for children in low income communities and by helping them prepare to enter kindergarten. Afterschool is being supported through allocations to a number of united way agencies providing afterschool tutoring and through staffing for a coalition dedicated to helping allegheny county create a system for afterschool. The afterschool coalition also provides grants to agencies to support quality afterschool practices. Mentoring is being addressed as united way serves as initiator and lead partner in the largest call for volunteer mentors in the region's history. Finally, preparation for careers is occurring through support for agency programs providing career preparation and assistance with placement in employment.

community initiatives/partnerships: assisting financially struggling adults & families: in fiscal year ending june 30, 2015, allocations totaling approximately $6. 4 million were provided to support agencies and initiatives related to the financially struggling adults and families area. These investments provide support for strategies that connect persons in need with resources to increase their self-sufficiency, prevent housing-induced crises and homelessness, and assist in securing or maintaining employment. In addition, one community initiative that received support provided recruitment and training assistance for volunteers to help low-income working families complete their income tax forms and apply for tax benefits for which they are eligible, bringing significant dollars back into their familys budget and into the community. Another initiative focused on providing support services for women during critical times of transition has been implemented.

community services: helping seniors: in the fiscal year ending june 30, 2015, allocations totaling approximately $2. 3 million were made related to seniors to support agency programs and community initiatives. Caregiving supports and alternatives to institutionalization were addressed by providing volunteers to help older adults with a variety of tasks that help them stay in their homes and reduce caregiver burden, such as friendly visits, grocery shopping, and even shoveling snow. Support for collaborations of agencies resulted in enhanced and coordinated services for a greater number of seniors so they could remain safely in their homes.

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Fay Morgan

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Rating: 5

The United Way of Allegheny County has a vision for our community where children, youth, struggling families, people with disabilities and seniors are all valued. They encourange businesses and individuals to contribute time and funds to make our county a better place to live and a model for other communities.

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Rating: 4

United Way does good work in its fundraising for other charities. Impressive is that the organization starts its fundraising from scratch every year and is able to raise up to 30 million bucks. Wow. The staff are also very friendly!