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Racial Equity

Elevating diverse perspectives, championing inclusive programs and advancing equitable outcomes.

United Way of Central Carolinas fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community. Our efforts are inseparable from a fight for racial equity. We must raise our voices, educate ourselves and do what is necessary to dismantle systemic racism.

Our Vision

We acknowledge that structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities in outcomes, which United Way of Central Carolinas seeks to dismantle. We commit to leveraging our resources to create communities that are more equitable where everyone is able to achieve their full potential and thrive.

Equity Defined

Equity is the state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional and historical barriers based on race are dismantled and race no longer predicts socioeconomic, educational and health outcomes.

Our Commitment

United Way of Central Carolinas works to create lasting change for those most in need through strategic community philanthropy. Our mission compels us to work on improving the lives of historically and systemically excluded or marginalized people. To do this, we must understand and incorporate racial equity in all that we do. We recognize that the social construct of race is the root cause of the systemic inequalities that oppress people of color.


To advance all of these goals, we must have courageous conversations and hold one another accountable for continuous progress.

Therefore, we must work consistently and intentionally to dismantle those systems through a racial equity lens by:

  • Recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing the talent of employees who reflect the diversity of our population

  • Establishing a more diverse and inclusive Board of Directors

  • Being intentional not to reinforce negative stereotypes through imagery and storytelling

  • Analyzing data and information about race and ethnicity so that we might identify disparities that exist within our organization and within the community

  • Looking at problems and their root causes from a structural standpoint and naming race explicitly when talking about problems and solutions

OUR PROGRAMS

Unite Charlotte

Founded in 2016, Unite Charlotte provides funding and capacity-building training to grassroots organizations—predominantly founded and led by people of color—that are advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility. Unite Charlotte aims to address the structural racism that exists within the nonprofit sector and broader community.

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United Neighborhoods

Launched in 2017, United Neighborhoods provides multi-year support to community quarterback organizations to assist resident-driven neighborhood revitalization efforts that improve economic mobility. United Neighborhoods aims to change the odds for people living in Charlotte’s most disinvested neighborhoods.

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