With nearly 90 years of experience in building stronger communities, United Way of Central Carolinas knows how to drive lasting change.


As a community-focused organization that funds area nonprofits, we collaborate with government agencies, businesses, donors and volunteers to mobilize resources quickly and efficiently to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have the opportunity to achieve economic mobility.


Working with a network of more than 100 nonprofits across a five-county region, we drive impact because we do what no one agency can do alone—getting donors’ dollars where they are needed most. Our focus on leadership, efficiency and accountability helps support the missions of our nonprofit partners.


We are more than a fundraiser.


United Way is a strategic community leader, convener and advocate with in-depth knowledge of the communities we serve, the challenges that affect them and the organizations that have the most impact.


We lead conversations, leverage community voices and bring the right parties together to address complex economic challenges and social disparities facing individuals, families and communities across the Charlotte region.


We collaborate to create lasting change.


United Way’s unique position at the center of the nonprofit community is important now more than ever. Our partnerships allow us to take on growing needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and collaborate to find innovative ways to continue serving our community.


Focusing on education as part of our mission, United Way is facilitating virtual meetings between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and local nonprofits—Belk Foundation, Read Charlotte and Foundation For The Carolinas—to better connect and organize shared efforts that support educators, students and families during this unique school year.


We set young minds up for success.


United Way of Central Carolinas President and CEO Laura Yates Clark and leaders from our Community Impact team host bi-weekly virtual conversations with more than 200 registered participants. Discussions focus on the evolving needs of schools adjusting to remote learning environments and students’ access to technology to bridge the digital divide in our community, as well as other education-related topics.


Our United Way team fields questions during the conversations, shares useful resources with participants and holds post-meeting debriefs with the nonprofit partners to identify immediate follow-up actions and solutions.


Learn more about our commitment to education and youth success across our five-county footprint.