Pride United offers members of the LGBTQ community and allies the opportunity to make broad, community-wide change happen.

Thanks to donors like you, United Way of Central Ohio has directed more than $6.7 million to LGBTQ organizations in central Ohio since 1990.

Pride United is the first United Way LGBTQ giving group in the country – part of a long history of “firsts” for United Way of Central Ohio in the LGBTQ community:

1990: Since 1990, United Way of Central Ohio has been an early and ongoing supporter of Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio).

2001: United Way funded an inaugural gift of $10,000 to The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation.

2003: Then Columbus City Councilwoman Mary Jo Hudson was elected as a United Way board member, providing a “seat at the table” for LGBTQ perspectives. Tom Grote, the co-founder and former board chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund, replaced her on the board when she resigned.

2007: United Way helped lead the GLBT Census, an anonymous survey of LGBTQ households that provided the most detailed information on central Ohio’s LGBTQ community ever compiled.

2008: United Way launched Pride Leadership, an eight-month training program directed at LGBTQ professionals and designed to facilitate their placement on volunteer boards and in leadership roles on committees.

2009: United Way of Central Ohio 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.

2010: United Way launched PRIDE Council, the first United Way LGBTQ giving group in the country, to make an even bigger difference in our community – one that can improve the lives of all central Ohioans.

2013: United Way of Central Ohio convened the first Out & Equal forum, bringing together representatives from over 30 central Ohio companies and nonprofit organizations to discuss equality in the workplace.

2018: PRIDE Council rebranded to Pride United to better reflect its mission, following feedback from donors and members of the LGBTQ community. In addition, United Way of Central Ohio is exploring the need for an LGBTQ community survey for central Ohio.

What does it take to join Pride United?

It takes passion, commitment and a desire to be part of the change to make a real difference in our community. We ask that each member join with a household contribution of $1,000 to United Way of Central Ohio. 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).

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

  • Interact with central Ohio’s most influential leaders
  • Connect with other local LGBTQ 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

If you would like more information or to get involved with Pride United, contact Joshua Hartley at

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