Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking


Quick Facts

aka UWGR

Rochester, NY


Mission: To unite the good will and resources of the Greater Rochester community so that everyone can thrive.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Fran Weisberg

Main Address

75 College Ave

Rochester, NY 14607 USA


Invest in solutions. Connect resources. Serve our community.





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Giving Babies the Best Start

Preparing Kids for Success

Supporting Elders and Caregivers

Meeting Basic Needs

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

United Way has been serving the Greater Rochester community for nearly 100 years. Our purpose is to solve critical challenges for local people in need by investing in services and collaborating on solutions.

We connect people in need with essential services and evidence-based programs. We work with program partners, volunteers, community initiatives and community leaders to solve problems.

United Way Community Fund investments focus on prevention and the application of best practices to create a significant impact for local people in need, including:
-Helping people meet their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing so they can focus on addressing other major life concerns;
-Giving babies a healthy start to life with support for new parents;
-Setting kids on a path for success in school, work and life;
-Supporting our aging population and those who are caring for elders locally.

Community Fund programs provide a regional network of support services and safety nets to help people across all walks of life and levels of need.

Tens of thousands of local people donate millions of dollars each year to the Community Fund. 92 cents of every contributed dollar is used to meet community needs. These gifts allow United Way to make a lasting impact of change and improvement for our community today, and for generations to come.

All programs and initiatives supported by United Way's Community Fund donations are monitored, measured and evaluated to confirm they're achieving positive results for our community and local people in need.

United Way organizes learning circles to share best practices among program providers, and evaluates its Community Fund investments in two ways:
-Program-level measurements to ensure results are meeting the needs of the people they serve.
-Community-level assessments to make sure key issues and challenges are addressed holistically.

Our results are making a real difference for local people:
-Community Fund parent education programs results in 97% of families avoiding child maltreatment, abuse and neglect.
-Students in our after-school and summer enrichment programs have one full point higher GPAs than their non-participating peers.
-We're helping 95,000 people get nutritious meals through food pantries and soup kitchens.
-Program partners answer 13,000 calls per year to help elders and caregivers with information, benefits and support in accessing local services.

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Awards & Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2010




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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?