About Us

Why United Way?

We tackle root causes – United Way takes on the huge, tough, complex issues that no single organization can solve alone. Your financial gift drives partnerships and programs that get to the root causes of our biggest problems. By giving through United Way, you are choosing to support the greatest need in the Oshkosh area. 

United Way is trustworthy – We closely monitor the organizations that receive your donations, ensuring they are fiscally responsible and deliver results. You can trust us to stretch your dollar for the biggest impact.

United Way is local – Contributions stay in our community. Your donations help many grassroots, small nonprofits who understand our local needs. United Way provides them with managing expertise and connects them to the broader nonprofit community. With United Way’s grants, our local nonprofit partners can focus more on shared work and less on fundraising. Together we can accomplish more than anyone can alone or through a single charity. 

What Does United Way Do?

  • Oshkosh Area United Way is a charitable nonprofit that works closely with community leaders to identify the biggest needs of the Oshkosh area.  
  • 99% of the money donated here stays here.
  • We offer grant opportunities to programs that address these identified issues to improve the quality of life for everyone.
  • 46% of people cannot afford basic needs in Oshkosh. As a result, United Way impacts 1 in 3 people through funded programs.
  • By working together on critical issues, we take steps to improve our community where we work, live and raise a family.
  • Oshkosh Area United Way is committed to creating the opportunity for every person to thrive.

Oshkosh Area United Way improves lives by leveraging people and resources to create innovative solutions to community needs.

A community where everyone can succeed.

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

  • Collective Good – We believe when one succeeds we all succeed.
  • Collaboration & Proactive Service – We address community priorities by actively and creatively partnering with others to provide support to those in need.
  • Compassion & Inclusion – We strengthen our community by promotion empathy, caring, understanding and equity through fair and impartial service.
  • Stewardship & Accountability – We instill confidence, demonstrate integrity, and provide transparency for our funders/supporters/stakeholders and hold the expectation that funded partners model the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.

Innovation – We advance innovation through new approaches to serve others by challenging the status quo, embracing new approaches, and encouraging creative thinking, acting and responding.

United Way strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion. Our Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers reflect the many faces, cultures and walks of life that proudly make up our world.

We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities. It is our aim, therefore, that our partners, strategies and investments reflect these core values.

Definitions:
di•ver•si•ty (də-ˈvər-sə-tē) n.: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more. Even when people appear the same on the outside, they are different!

in•clu•sion (in-ˈklü-zhən) n.: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity, an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the community ownership necessary to address complex community issues.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Oshkosh Area United Way