Make Your Moment. Help us Fight Poverty.

The need in our community is
huge and growing.

The surest way to address the need and effect change is through donations. That’s how you can show your support for the work you feel passionate about. We invite you to give to our Community Impact Fund, the most powerful way to improve lives and strengthen our community, or to designate funds for a specific cause. However you choose to contribute, you can be sure that your hard-earned dollars will impact the greatest needs in our community, because they’re collected with other gifts and directed to programs doing the most to make a difference. (We know because we evaluate the impact of our funded programs every year).


The Tocqueville Society
The Tocqueville Society celebrates those
dedicated individuals who understand the
value of investing in our community.

Members commit to a leadership role in giving, inspired by what they can accomplish together with other leaders. Their generosity, compassion and dedication make a real impact on the lives of people in our community.

Over the years, gifts from Tocqueville members have made significant contributions to central Ohio, including a $4.9 million gift made by Barbara and Al Siemer, founders of the Siemer Family Foundation. In 2007, they proposed an innovative new program to United Way of Central Ohio designed to prevent homelessness and reduce student mobility among low-income families in the Columbus City School system and throughout our community.

Other Tocqueville gifts have combined to help United Way of Central Ohio:

  • Provide job training to 4,686 unemployed and underemployed central Ohioans
  • Teach 1,200 parents/caregivers and 100 teachers ways to increase the early literacy skills of preschoolers
  • Reach 37,996 children with programs designed to improve nutrition and physical activity
  • Provide direct food, shelter and emergency assistance to more than 389,089 people

As a Tocqueville Society member, your impact will be deep and long-lasting. United Way of Central Ohio researches the needs in our community, develops the strategies to initiate long-term change, and measures the results to ensure steady progress.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.

The Tocqueville Society includes four levels of investment, each with unique benefits, including national recognition and invitations to special events.

  • Alexis de Tocqueville Society:  $10,000 to $14,999
  • L’Ordre du Coeur Society: $15,000 to $24,999
  • Tocqueville Vingt-Cinq Society:  $25,000 to $99,999
  • Tocqueville Premiere Society: $100,000
  • Million Dollar Roundtable:  $1,000,000
The Tocqueville Society Fast Track

The Fast Track offers a way to become a member immediately through a pledge to incrementally increase your gift over a period of time.

Year One Year Two Year Three
Alexis de Tocqueville Society $7,500 $10,000
Tocqueville Vingt-Cinq $15,000 $20,000 $25,000
Tocqueville Premiere $50,000 $75,000 $100,000

If you would like more information or to get involved with The Tocqueville Society – contact Betsy McCabe at  or 614.227.2734.

Cinquefoil fellowship
Community Leaders Passionate About Creating Change

Based on 5 core values, United Way’s Cinquefoil Fellowship focuses on appreciation, recognition, education, advocacy and inclusion. Through their generous gifts, Cinquefoil members demonstrate a commitment to our community and a dedication to helping provide opportunities for all people to reach their potential.

Last year, with the support of Cinquefoil members, United Way of Central Ohio has helped:

  • Provide job training to 3,780 unemployed and underemployed central Ohioans
  • Identify and screen more than 7,000 children through Columbus Kids & Franklin County Kids Initiative
  • Link 19,317 people to healthcare providers and wellness services
  • Provide direct food, shelter and emergency assistance to more than 389,089 people

In addition to creating positive impact in our community, Cinquefoil members enjoy  networking with others who believe in opportunities for everyone.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.


Cinquefoil Fellowship membership is open to central Ohioans who invest $5,000-$9,999 each year in United Way of Central Ohio. Spouses and partners may combine their respective gifts to become Cinquefoil Fellowship members.


Cinquefoil Fellowship offers several networking events and activities throughout the year to learn more about United Way’s work in our community.

Cinquefoil has no expected attendance requirements; you may select the activities most important to you.


Cinquefoil Fellowship members receive special recognition throughout the year and have the opportunity to:

  • Interact with business and community leaders
  • Meet others who are dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone
  • Participate in advocacy opportunities that help make central Ohio a better place to live
Additional Recognition

Cinquefoil Fellowship members may also join other United Way giving groups, including:

  • Young Leadership Group (donors age 45 or younger)
  • Key Club (African American donors)
  • Pride Council (LGBT donors)
  • The Society of 1885 (planned gift)

If you would like more information or to get involved with Cinquefoil Fellowship – contact Michael Robinson at or 614.227.2764.

Community builders
Improving Lives. Strengthening Our Community.

When you give an individual or household gift of $1,000 – $4,999 annually to United Way of Central Ohio, you demonstrate values shared by thousands of your neighbors and friends. For you, we’ve created Community Builders, a new program that provides special recognition for those who believe in bringing positive change to our community.

As a Community Builder, you help ensure that everyone in central Ohio reaches their potential. Community Builders support United Way’s focus on education, income, health and home because these are the building blocks for a better life:

  • A quality education that leads to a stable job
  • Sufficient income to support a family through retirement
  • Good health maintained throughout life
  • A safe and decent place to live

These blocks form the foundation of a strong community. By building together, we have the power to make a bigger difference than we ever could individually. The effect of our actions and donations is amplified, and so is the change we can make.

Community Builders affirms this collective impact. Your individual or household gift of $1,000 – $4,999 annually will change lives and strengthen our community. Not just for today, but for tomorrow, too.

To Be Recognized As A Community Builder:

  • Give an individual or household pledge of $1,000 to ­$4,999 annually.
  • Mark “Community Builders” on your pledge card or electronic pledge form

If you would like more information or to get involved with Community Builders – contact Michael Robinson at or 614.227.2764.

Young Leadership Group
Leaders Changing the Future by Living United

United Way’s Young Leadership Group (YLG) began more than 20 years ago, and is open to those 45 and younger who give an annual gift of $2500 or more and who want to play an important role in setting and carrying out agendas for change in central Ohio. Members invest their time and money to improve lives and strengthen our community.

Mission Statement: To engage the next generation of leaders in central Ohio through philanthropy, personal growth opportunities and community involvement.

Why should you consider YLG?

YLG offers you the opportunity to leave your mark on our community.

With family, work and volunteering, we’re all trying to balance busy lives. In YLG, you become involved on your terms: Participate through a financial commitment alone. Financially support and engage in philanthropic and volunteer opportunities that work in your busy life. Or take it a step further and also apply to join the steering committee.

No matter how you participate, YLG can help you make a positive impact on our community by supporting the mission of United Way of Central Ohio. We have a vast network of young professionals who will set the pace as our next generation of leaders.

How do you join YLG?

Whether you’re donating at your workplace, individually or online, it’s easy to join YLG:

  • Indicate the desired group(s) on your pledge card or online pledge system
  • Complete and submit a Leadership Giving pledge card

Fast Track Program. Become a YLG member immediately, while increasing your gift over time: (1st year $1500; 2nd year $2000; 3rd year $2500)


YLG has something for everyone. Check out our recent events and volunteer opportunities to get more involved:
Give: 2015 Joint Affinity Group Party With a Purpose
Learn: Educational Roundtable featuring David Clifton – Our YLG Educational Roundtables are hosted by local community leaders who speak on topics of his or her choosing about success principles. These events are also a great opportunity for you to learn from community and business leaders and to network with other like-minded young professionals.
Volunteer: September United Way partnership with Columbus Learning Center

If you would like to join the Young Leadership Group Steering Committee, click here to download an application.

If you would like more information or to get involved with Young Leadership Group – contact Diana Schrimpf at  or 614.227.8701.

Key Club
Twenty years ago, African American leaders recognized the need to engage and empower professionals and business owners.

Since its inception, Key Club members have contributed nearly $20 Million in support of dozens of United Way of Central Ohio funded partners and hundreds of health and human service programs. In its short but dynamic history, Key Club has successfully:

  • Raised awareness regarding philanthropic giving within the AA community
  • Increased the amount of dollars invested in United Way programs in the African American community
  • Built strong and lasting collaborations between African American leaders, volunteers and businesses

Join us. United, we can make a difference.


All African American households that invest $1,000 or more in United Way of Central Ohio may be recognized as Key Club members. Spouses and partners may combine their respective gifts to become members.

Key Club members can also join Key Club Premier by giving $2500 or more.

Become a Key Club Premier member immediately and enjoy exclusive events while increasing your gift over time to make a greater impact on our community:

            FastTrack Option:

  • 1st Year –  $ 1,500.00
  • 2nd Year – $ 2,000.00
  • 3rd Year –  $ 2,500.00

Key Club offers a variety of professional and social events throughout the year, including:

  • Member networking events
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational forums
  • Community service projects

Key Club has no attendance requirements; you may select the activities most important to you.


Key Club members receive special recognition throughout the year and have opportunities to:

  • Interact with central Ohio’s most influential leaders
  • Meet like-­minded African Americans
  • Work to promote balance and inclusion
Additional Recognition

Key Club members may also join other United Way giving groups, including:

  • Young Leadership Group(investment of $2,500 and and aged 45 or younger)
  • Cinquefoil Fellowship (investment of $5,000 or more)
  • Alexis de Tocqueville Society (investment of $10,000 or more)
  • 1885 Society (make a planned gift)

If you would like more information or to get involved with Key Club – contact Ruth Lomax at or 614.241.3082.

Key Club Steering Committee

Ralph Smithers
Alice Palmers
Jamaal Bell
Alea Bradley
Nina Brooks
Mia Cunningham
Andrea Freeman
Alesia Gillison
Dr. Mark Lomax, II
Scotty McKinnie
Spencer Palmer
Matthew Quinn
Steve Stevenson
Rhonda Talford Knight

Pride Council

PRIDE Council offers members of the LGBT community and allies the opportunity to make broad, community-­wide change happen.

PRIDE Council and PRIDE Gives – the first United Way LGBT giving groups in the country – are part of a long history of “firsts” for United Way of Central Ohio in the LGBT community:

  • UWCO helped lead the GLBT Census, an anonymous online survey of LGBT households that provided the most detailed information on central Ohio’s LBGT community ever compiled.
  •  In 2001, UWCO funded an inaugural gift of $10,000 to The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation.
  • UWCO has been an early and ongoing supporter of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, funding more than $4.5 million in programs since 1990.
  • UWCO takes great care in standing by its commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as engaging diverse communities in our work.
  • In 2003, then Columbus City Councilwoman Mary Jo Hudson was elected as a United Way board member, providing a “seat at the table” for LGBT perspectives. Tom Grote, the co-founder and former board chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund, replaced her on the board when she resigned.
  • In 2008, UWCO launched PRIDE Leadership, an 8-month training program directed at LGBT professionals and designed to facilitate their placement on volunteer boards and in leadership roles on committees.
  • In 2009, UWCO committed funding over the next three years to Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
  • In 2010, UWCO launched PRIDE Gives and Pride Council, the first United Way LGBT giving groups in the country, to make an even bigger difference in our community – one that can improve the lives of all central Ohioians.
  • In 2012, over 65% of Pride Leadership graduates hold openly LGBT seats on non-profit boards.
  • In 2013, UWCO convened the first Out & Equal forum bringing together representatives from over 30 central Ohio companies and nonprofit organizations to discuss equality in the workplace and create the first Out & Equal Regional Affiliate in Ohio.
What does it take to become a member of PRIDE Council?

It takes passion, commitment and a desire to be part of the change to make a real difference in our community.

We also ask that each member join with a household contribution of $1,000 to United Way of Central Ohio.

As a member, you’ll receive special recognition throughout the year and have opportunities to:

  • Interact with central Ohio’s most influential leaders
  • Connect with other local LGBT members and allies
  • Work to promote balance and inclusion in our community
  • Participate in service projects that help make central Ohio a better place for everyone to live
  • Participate in advocacy opportunities within United Way and  other organizations

Opportunities for engagement are available in the areas of:

  • Advocacy
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Membership & Engagement
  • Volunteering & Special Events

If you would like more information or to get involved with PRIDE Council – contact Joshua Hartley at or 614.241.3078.

Women’s Leadership Council
The Women’s Leadership Council combines the financial power and the collective talents of philanthropic women to address an unmet need in the community.

Together, the WLC is working on an initiative that will provide educational opportunities for women in central Ohio—opportunities that increase their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

There is a particular need for the WLC to reach out to other women, who often bear a disproportionate share of the problems in our community.

  • More than half of the 120,000 individuals living in poverty in central Ohio are women.
  • Many lack a high school diploma and earn only $323 a week.
  • Many are single parents who stretch that small paycheck to cover rent, food and care for an entire family.

These women need a group of community-minded women who will focus on their needs and provide the economic opportunities and support it takes to build successful lives.

There are other women’s organizations, to be sure, but none quite like the Women’s Leadership Council.

This volunteer-driven group is an organization of its own design. It creates its own initiatives. It sets its own goals. It seeks its own answers and implements its own strategies. In this way, the Women’s Leadership Council is a true catalyst for the much-needed change in the lives of so many women in central Ohio.

In addition, the WLC has access to and benefit from the agencies and best practices of United Way of Central Ohio.

If you would like more information or to get involved with Women’s Leadership Council – contact Celeste Gamble at or 614.227.2704.

My name is Jessica.

I was in a difficult time and struggling to get by financially when I first heard about the Women’s Leadership Council E3 program. I knew I would benefit from additional education, but I wasn’t sure it was something I could do on my own. The E3 program has built up my confidence in so many ways, from helping me improve my math and algebra skills to increasing my ability to socialize and network with other women.

E3 and my mentor, Priscilla, have meant a great deal to me. When I first joined the program, I felt like I was finally making a step toward the life I really wanted to have. All of the components of E3—the instructors, the other participants and the mentors—work together to provide a massive push in the right direction. The thought of all these people who believe in me helps keep me motivated.

I didn’t have many opportunities when I was younger, but E3 has put me on the right track to success. Now I’m working toward a degree in nursing and looking forward to a stable career.


What does it take to become a member of the Women’s Leadership Council?

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Women's Leadership Council is improving lives through our dedicated membership and the commitment of our volunteer leadership.

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UNITED WAY LINC: Use Your Skills. Meet New People. Make An Impact.

Share your knowledge and skills through volunteer projects. Meet people who share your passion. Learn from business and community leaders. And make a real difference right here at home.

United Way LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) engages, educates, and mobilizes young professionals around reducing poverty to help build a stronger, more vibrant Columbus.

Membership is open to early career professionals ages 22-30 who invest $250 or more annually (about $5 per week) in United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

Why join LINC?

  • Connect and give back
  • Expand your network
  • Develop your skills
  • Represent your workplace

 To learn more about LINC events, visit and follow @uwcolinc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

LINC Steering Committee Roster

Nora Gerber, Chair
City of Columbus

Azure’D Metoyer, Vice Chair
Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Jeff Agar

Ryan Aguiar

Keri Amrine

Alex Anthony

Ashley Bernatz
Columbus Chamber

Kwame Christian, Esq.
The Christian Law Office, LLC

Alex Deuley
Cardinal Health

Claire Ferneding
State Auto

Kristin Gallucci
Riverside Radiology

Kristian Grizzell
Alliance Data

Alesia Howard
City of Columbus

Ernest Levert
Primerica Advisors

Brina Maydock

Alec Smith
Mettler Toledo

Alyssa Trocchio

Cody Vermillion
OhioHealth Foundation

Chris Webb
Community Volunteer

Leah Welsh

Kyle Willis

If you would like more information or to get involved with LINC – contact Diana Schrimpf at or 614.227.8701.

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