Mission, Vision and History
Our Mission
To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community on behalf of our local health and human service network.

Our Vision
To bring the diverse aspects of our community together to meet current health and human service needs and proactively address future issues.

Our Core Ideology
  • Well managed, cost effective, efficient and trustworthy
  • A leading proponent of diversity in our region and engaging the community in positive action
  • Proactive, collaborative, seeking win-win strategies
  • Open, honest and responsive to all customers/stakeholders
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Broad based inclusiveness that respects diversity and is dedicated to utilizing diverse talents and perspectives for the benefit of solving community problems
  • Neutral table where people come together for dialogue and actions on behalf of the community
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area engages the community to support a local network of health and human service agencies and initiatives that make lasting changes in the Miami Valley. A volunteer-led organization, United Way is the area’s largest private funder of health and human services, primarily provided by 84 local Partner Agencies in Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties. United Way focuses on underlying causes to get to the heart of local problems and to prevent them from happening in the first place – such as preparing youth to succeed in school today and in the jobs of tomorrow or preventing home foreclosure and homelessness. Its mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community on behalf of our local health and human service network. Our local United Way also connects people in need with services through HelpLink 2-1-1 and connects people with volunteer opportunities through the Volunteer Connection.

United Way’s local roots trace back to 1913. Based on the successful community-wide campaign to raise money for relief efforts following the Great Dayton Flood, civic leaders decided to apply the same concept of federated fund raising to meet the ongoing health and human service needs of the community. The Federation of Charity and Philanthropy was organized in 1914, under the auspices of the Greater Dayton Association (the forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce) with ten cooperating agencies: Associated Charities, Association for the Blind, Boy Scouts, Dayton Day Nursery, Humane Society, Milk Commission, Playgrounds and Gardens Association, Salvation Army, Tuberculosis Committee, and Visiting Nurses Association. The organization became the Dayton Community Chest in 1919 and was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1920. Its purpose was “to foster the moral, mental and physical welfare of the community to seek to harmonize the efforts of civic, charitable and philanthropic organizations for the sake of civic unity and greater efficiency.” The name was changed to the United Fund of the Dayton Area in 1965; the United Way name was adopted in 1974.

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area is part of a national movement of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that meet the stringent accountability standards required to use the United Way name and logo. United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement. Building on more than a century of service as the nation’s preeminent community-based fundraiser, United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. While local United Ways tackle issues based on local needs, common focus areas include helping children and youth succeed, improving access to health care, promoting self-sufficiency, and strengthening families.
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