United Way Announces 2020-2022 Community Investments

75 awards totaling $8.7 million in funding will support regional nonprofit organizations in nine program categories

RICHMOND, Va. (September 17, 2019) – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg today announced $8.7 million in community investments for 2020-2022, a total of 75 awards to 55 agencies that deliver critical funding in nine program categories including everything from support for families of newborns to ensuring older adults are healthy and connected.

Including the latest grants, United Way will have invested more than $26 million in the community since 2015 and $16 million since the implementation of the organization’s Steps to Success framework.

United Way’s Steps to Success identifies nine milestones on the path to prosperity and provides a set of indicators to track our region’s progress in each area. All funded programs demonstrated a clear plan for improving the lives of people in our region and showed how they plan to track the effectiveness of their work using the Steps to Success indicators.

“The issues we face throughout Greater Richmond and Petersburg are complex and no single organization can make lasting change on its own,” James Taylor, CEO and President of United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. “This is why United Way is proud to support agencies in our region that are making a profound impact on the communities they serve. Together, we may collectively make our region a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”

United Way invested in as many as 17 programs in each of the nine Steps to Success. The specific breakdown is below. 

Steps to Success Supported Programs Total Investment
Basic Needs Met: Food, Safety & Housing 17 $1,770,000
Born Healthy 2 $1,050,000
Prepared for Kindergarten 8 $915,000
Third Grade Reading 5 $615,000
Middle School Engagement 9 $795,000
High School Graduation 3 $270,000
College- or Career-Ready 6 $705,000
Financial Well-being 9 $990,000
Connected & Healthy Older Adults 16 $1,605,000
TOTAL 75 $8,715,000


A full list of supported programs and investment amounts can be found here.

About United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg empowers individuals and addresses systemic problems to provide everyone with a clear path to success. We do this by conducting research, funding programs and organizations, driving systems-level change and engaging with individuals in 11 localities across the region. Learn more at YourUnitedWay.org.