Leading the Fight Against Poverty

Our Mission

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

Our History

Since 1924, United Way has been a powerful force for good and a critical part of the fabric of Austin. For 95+ years, we have been dedicated to providing families and individuals with the tools and resources they need to thrive. The needs in our Greater Austin area have changed over time, so we’ve adapted our support to stay ahead of emerging needs and help as many people as possible. What hasn’t changed? Our belief that every person deserves the opportunity to thrive and our passion for solving our community’s biggest challenges.

Something special happens when we Live United. When we work together to build a stronger community, we are sparking a movement bigger than anything we can do alone.

1924

Founding of United Way
for Greater Austin

Originally called United Way Capital Area

1952

United Way pledges to keep all funds raised local

When you donate, your dollars stay here to make a sustainable impact.

1981

United Way buys building at 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. for $10,000

And we’re still here today!

1996

United Way opens “first call for help” helpline

Today the helpline is known as our Navigation Center, where anyone can dial 2-1-1 to reach a free, confidential, and multilingual resource hub 24/7.

2012

The “You’re My Butter Half” mural is created on the United Way building

The mural is our love letter to the Austin community.

2012

The organization changes its name from United Way Capital Area to United Way for Greater Austin

To better reflect our long history and ties to the Austin community

2012

United Way publishes the first iteration of the “School Readiness Action Plan”

Our goal: To ensure every child enters Kindergarten ready to succeed in school and beyond.

2018

United Way launches Family Connects in Austin/Travis County, in partnership with Austin Public Health

The program provides nurse home visits to every family with a newborn, to give babies the best possible start in life.

2018

United Way convenes 200 stakeholders to create the first community-wide strategic plan for 2-Gen in the nation

The “Family Opportunity Roadmap: The 2-Generation Strategic Plan for Austin/Travis County”

Our Core Values

Careers

We make Austin greater for a living. As a team, we work hard, laugh a lot, and 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.