United Way of Central Ohio started with the spark of an idea in 1923, which grew into a united movement that continues to thrive 100 years later. Together as one community, we’ve strengthened families and supported youth so they can become the dreamers and doers of tomorrow. Even as we’ve evolved to meet community needs, we remain steadfastly committed to achieving results that change lives and create a more equitable central Ohio. And we’re just getting started.
With our network of nonprofit partners, corporate supporters and people like you, we will make the next 100 years our brightest. While we may be a century old, our energy is vibrant, our spirit is bold and we’re poised to shape the future of central Ohio for all of us.
When we stand united—speaking and acting together—we have the power to do so much more and our impact multiplies. Join us!
Reflecting on our united history
Igniting our future for success
The ability to read by third grade plays a significant role in a child’s success later in life. In fact, 88% of students who fail to graduate high school struggled to achieve third grade reading proficiency.
Our young learners are tomorrow’s leaders and workforce. We know that to build a strong future for our community, our children must have what they need to succeed.
Through the Success by Third Grade movement, United Way of Central Ohio has joined forces with corporations, school districts, nonprofits, individual donors and volunteers, and government organizations to ensure every child in Franklin County is on a path to success by the time they leave third grade. Success by Third Grade is centered on parents, caregivers and students who are most in need of support, identifying and directly impacting the many factors inhibiting student achievement.
Together, we can create a community where every child has the resources and opportunities necessary to learn, develop and succeed.
Give from your heart
When you give to United Way in celebration of our centennial, you’re joining a movement to set our children and the entire community on a path to success for generations to come. That’s right! Your generous contribution stays here, in the place you call home.
And with our long history as a trusted convener, United Way is uniquely positioned to bring together educators, corporations, nonprofits and government entities, as well as donors and volunteers like you, to ensure every child has the resources and opportunities necessary to succeed in school and life. Join us in our vision for a stronger, more equitable community and give today.
Join us in Celebration
Our signature event, Stuff the Backpack, took place Thursday, Aug. 10, at Lower.com Field. More than 500+ volunteers joined forces to help us stuff backpacks for 1,500 local students!
On Thursday, Sept. 14, we’re saying THANK YOU to central Ohio for helping us strengthen families for 100 years. Join us for our Centennial Ice Cream Social featuring free Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on the Columbus Commons starting at 11:30 a.m.
Don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up today to receive alerts about these events and other ways you can connect with our community and join the celebration.