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).


Leaders United

Leading the way for a more equitable community

Leaders United was formed from United Way’s affinity groups that began more than 20 years ago by passionate leaders who supported our work to reduce poverty and create impact in central Ohio.

Join this powerful network of leaders who represent a wide variety of age groups, backgrounds, workplaces and interests, and who are all committed to making central Ohio an even better place to live, work and play. Leaders United members want to play an important role in setting and carrying out agendas for change in central Ohio. Members invest their time and treasure to help create a more equitable community.

Mission Statement: To mobilize change leaders and create an impact in our community by opposing systems of injustice, racism and inequality

Focus areas: Impact. Justice. Philanthropy.

Join this group of passionate change leaders to create an impact in our community by opposing systems of injustice, racism and inequality. Leaders United is the primary group of leaders and ambassadors of United Way, working to identify and support anti-racism initiatives.

No matter how you choose to participate, Leaders United can help you make a positive impact on our community by supporting a platform for educating and developing the next generation of leadership volunteers and advocates for change. You’ll have the opportunity to lead and participate in diverse, equitable and inclusive networking, training, professional development, community education events and special projects.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.

You can choose to be a member of Leaders United if you are an:
1. Individual or household age 30 or younger giving $365+ to the Community Response Fund; or
2. Individual or household giving $1,000+ to the Community Response Fund; or
3. Individual or household directing $1,000+ to the E3 program (Women United/WLC). First-time members must restrict $1,000 to the E3 program to help women improve their financial security.

After entering your pledge amount in ePledge, you can click on the Leaders United checkbox to register as a member.
If you donate on our website, simply type “Leaders United” in the comment box on the donate page.

For more information or to get involved with Leaders United, contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

The Tocqueville Society

In 2019, nearly 300 Tocqueville members invested almost $5 million, adding to the more than $70 million given since 2006.

We are grateful to all our Tocqueville Society members for leading the change in central Ohio.

Click here to see the current list of members as of June 28, 2019.

“ Giving has become much more meaningful to me over time. I believe that investing in children at an early age is extraordinarily important and pays huge dividends later in life.” —Antonio Smyth

“ We have been supporting the work of United Way for so many years because we know that our investments and service are helping effectively fight poverty and make lives better. It’s that simple.”  —Donna and Larry James

Members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society make annual gifts of at least $10,000 to United Way of Central Ohio each year. When you join, you’ll enjoy:

  • Building relationships with like-minded local community leaders
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Personalized options for directing charitable investments, including the ability to leverage gifts to maximize their impact
  • Access to volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • The knowledge that you are part of a network–making an impact and changing lives of thousands of neighbors served by United Way funded partners each year.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.

The Tocqueville Society includes six levels of investment, each with unique benefits, including national recognition and invitations to special events.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville: $10,000 to $14,999
  • L’Ordre du Coeur: $15,000 to $24,999
  • Tocqueville Vingt-Cinq: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Ordre d’Egalite: $50,000 – $99,999
  • Tocqueville Premiere: $100,000
  • Million Dollar Roundtable: $1,000,000
The Tocqueville Society Fast Track

Become a Tocqueville Society member immediately while increasing your gift over time with incremental pledges.

  • 1st year – $5,000
  • 2nd year – $7,500
  • 3rd year – $10,000

2021-2022 Campaign Chair

  • John Ammendola
    President & CEO, Grange Insurance

If you would like more information or to get involved with The Tocqueville Society – contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

If you would like to learn more about building a legacy for United Way of Central Ohio by arranging a planned gift, click here.

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:
Leaders United, to actively create impact in our community
The Society of 1885 (planned gift)

If you would like more information or to get involved with Cinquefoil Fellowship – contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

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 Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

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

Together, Women United 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 United.

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, Women United 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 United – contact Stephanie Harris at

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 (Women United) 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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