As the region’s largest funding organization, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is a leader in providing critical information to community leaders and organizations. We have a dedicated research team that studies local data to identify problems in our communities, researches solutions and works with partner organizations to develop solutions that actually move the needle.

We provide a comprehensive analysis each year to better understand the areas where change is needed most. And we hold our agency partners accountable to ensure that our resources are being used in smart and impactful ways.

Now Available: 2017-18 Indicators of Community Strength

The 2017-18 Indicators report is built around United Way’s new Steps to Success strategic framework, which identifies nine key milestones on the path to prosperity. This report allows us to gauge progress in each of these nine areas using a series of data points. Learn more about the data points for each Step below or download the full report.

Families and individuals must have a safe home with healthy food for everyone who lives there in order to work toward a higher degree of prosperity.

Basic Needs Met Full Report

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The path to prosperity begins at birth. Children must be born into safe homes with families who are socially, emotionally and financially prepared to care for them.

Born Healthy Full Report

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In order to be kindergarten-ready, young children need quality early education, strong relationships with families, a safe and secure home environment and regular health and developmental screenings and support.

Prepared for Kindergarten Full Report

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Kids who are reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate high school on time.

Grade-level Reading Full Report

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Attendance and success in middle school are critical in keeping students on track for on-time graduation and preparing them to continue their education after high school or secure a self-sustaining job.

Middle School Engagement Full Report

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A high school diploma is a critical milestone on the path to a post-secondary degree and/or a self-sustaining career.

High School Graduation Full Report

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As they continue their education or enter the workforce, young people need access to skills and training that enable them to secure and maintain gainful employment with a living wage.

College- or Career-ready Full Report

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In addition to covering basic expenses, families and individuals need financial stability to avoid debt, build savings and prepare for unanticipated expenses.

Financial Well-being Full Report

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