About Us

Leading the Fight Against Poverty

United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in our community. We are here to bring the community together in a united way – to serve as a convener of and backbone for powerful collaborations and to lead a collective fight against poverty.

Since 1924, we have been dedicated to providing families and individuals in need with the tools and resources needed to thrive. We drive impact by partnering with and investing in efforts to address the immediate needs of families in poverty while also leading efforts to address long-term community change.

Our Vision

A thriving community for all.

Our Mission

United Way brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in our community.

Our History

United Way has been part of the fabric of Austin since 1924 and nationally the organization celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. Our local United Way Navigation Center received the first 2-1-1 call in the state over a decade ago, and responded to its two millionth call in early 2012.

Needs have shifted in Austin over the 90+ years and we have adapted to meet the needs of our ever changing community, while never veering from our original and steadfast mission of fighting poverty. United Way relies on national and local research to adjust our work to achieve the greatest good. Several years ago after local research backed up a recommendation from United Way Worldwide, United Way for Greater Austin – managed entirely by local leadership, made a shift from funding basic needs to a model of community impact work. This work aims to address financial stability, health and education, the root causes of poverty.

In 2012 the United Way in Austin changed its name from United Way Capital Area to United Way for Greater Austin to better reflect its long-history and ties to the Austin community.


We make Austin greater for a living.Together, we work hard, we laugh a lot, we constantly brainstorm new ways to make a meaningful difference and we eat a lot of breakfast tacos. Join us to do some of the best work of your life.