Our mission is to provide a forum for mutual support and training for local United Ways. We keep a broad, statewide perspective and support each local United Way by encouraging collaboration and providing support. We conduct statewide conferences to discuss various topics and share ideas and best practices.

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE
By supporting your local United Way, you will provide the opportunity for everyone in your community to have a safe, healthy and productive life. Your support will educate and empower our children, provide our neighbors with healthy food and access to healthcare, help adults keep steady jobs and help them save for the future. Together we can make a difference.

OUR HISTORY
United Ways of Minnesota was created to maximize the benefit of a statewide organization for local United Ways. Our priorities include sharing and exchanging best practices, successes, resources and management. Our Statewide Association Board of Directors comprised of one executive director and board members from the local member United Ways. Our board of directors meets six times per year and maintains a committee structure that addresses executive and legislative affairs, training, planning and communications.

EQUITY STATEMENT FOR UW of Minnesota

UNITED WAY’S EQUITY DEFINITION

Equity is the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.

UNITED WAY’S EQUITY VISION

The United Ways of Minnesota recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which our United Ways seeks to dismantle.  Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.  Across the state we work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.  Achieving equity is at the core of who we are and what we do.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

        • Kim Brink Smith – President – United Way of 1000 Lakes
        • Larry Olness – Vice President – United Way of Central Minnesota
        • James Collins – Secretary/Treasurer – Greater Twin Cities United Way
        • Jen Jabbs – Past President – United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties

      MEMBERS AT LARGER

        • Barb Kaus – Greater Mankato Area United Way
        • Denae Alamano – United Way of Bemidji Area
        • Melissa Mulder – Wright County Area United Way
        • Erin Shay – United Way of NE Minnesota
        • Erin Haag – United Way of Freeborn County
        • Annette Duncan – United Way of Steele County
        • Doris Pagelkopf – Ex Officio Staff