What We Do

We invest in dozens of fantastic local nonprofits, but we are much more than a funder.

We do research and data analysis to understand problems that affect real people – all in an effort to understand trends and pinpoint areas that need our help the most. From that knowledge, we fund programs in our community that provide help for individuals in those most needed areas. Then, we bring together government agencies, other nonprofits, religious organizations, schools, businesses and community members to create community-wide solutions that eliminate the root causes of these problems. And finally, we share what we know to empower everyone to find a path to success.

Learn more about our work in each of these areas:

As a major regional funding organization, United Way is uniquely qualified to provide critical information to community leaders and organizations. We have a dedicated research team that studies local data to track problems in our communities and works with partner organizations to develop solutions that actually move the needle.


United Way is one of the largest nonprofit funding organizations in the region. We invest in dozens of fantastic nonprofit agencies doing critical work in communities throughout our service area. We use our Steps to Success framework to guide funding decisions and ensure dollars go to organizations and programs working in each of our nine key areas.


United Way serves as the central convener of our region’s nonprofits and local governments, businesses, schools and volunteers. We identify key areas of need and bring together leaders from all sectors to drive positive change in communities across the region.

For examples of how we do this, learn about the Workforce Partnership Team.

United Way connects individuals with knowledge, resources and volunteer opportunities to help them positively impact their lives as well as the lives of their family members, friends and neighbors.

Want to help? Visit our Events & Volunteer Opportunities page to get involved!

Where We Work

We serve the region’s neighborhoods and rural areas alike, providing direct services and support to partners in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Colonial Heights as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan – 11 different localities in all.