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United Way for Greater Austin is breaking the cycle of poverty in our community. We take a strategic and evidence-based view of how we lead in the community, invest in nonprofit partners, and run our proven programs. All of our work – from leading community coalitions, to funding nonprofit partners, to running data-driven programs – is aligned to achieve these goals.

In January 2022, United Way for Greater Austin and United Way of Williamson County joined forces and merged! This merger expanded United Way’s mission and impact with a regional approach, and helps us better and more efficiently serve a broader community across Greater Austin and Williamson County. In short, it means more people right here in our community are getting the help they need. 

Collectively, we serve the 10-county region of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson counties. 

United Way for Greater Austin drives impact by partnering with and investing in efforts to address the immediate needs of local families in poverty, while also spurring systems-level change, shaping our metro area into a community that works for everyone.

To know what is working and having a real impact in our Greater Austin community, we track, gather, analyze, and report out critical data about needs and trends here in Greater Austin. Then, we share what we know – and what we learn – with the community. We provide our partners with powerful tools to make strategic decisions in their areas of expertise.

United Way also offers the convenience of payroll deduction through the support of several local employers, allowing employees to give a sustaining annual gift through small weekly contributions. You can also give online through our website.

United Way’s Navigation Center provides free, 24/7 access to information about more than 30,000 local, statewide, and national resources. To reach our helpline, call 2-1-1, visit, or text your zip code to 85511.

If you know someone seeking help, encourage them to call 2-1-1. This free, confidential service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


There are many ways to give in support of United Way for Greater Austin’s mission! You can build opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by giving online through our donation page. On that page, you can donate by credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, Google Pay, Venmo, or crypto. Interested in making a gift via stock transfer, donor-advised fund, or IRA? Please contact

United Way for Greater Austin is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of US law.

When you give online, we’ll send you an email donation receipt upon successful completion of your donation.

For donors who give through an employee giving campaign, the donor may use a pledge card prepared by United Way, along with one of the following documents: a pay stub,  W-2 form, a wage and tax statement, or another employer-furnished document that shows the amount withheld and donated. The year when the contribution is deducted from the employee’s paycheck is the tax year in which the employee may claim the tax deduction. For additional information, please visit or contact

87% of every dollar goes to programs. 100% of every dollar goes to United Way for Greater Austin’s mission of fighting poverty.

United Way for Greater Austin ensures that each dollar you give creates the most effective, efficient, and sustainable change for local children, individuals, and families. Donors also have the option to select from funds that align with our focus areas in fighting poverty: education, health, and financial stability. When you invest in United Way for Greater Austin’s mission, you are allowing us to use our data-driven expertise on community needs to fund the areas that need it the most.

When donors give through an employee giving campaign and designate their gift to another nonprofit, United Way for Greater Austin, as the fundraiser and the processor, takes a 12.12% fee – with a cap of a $250 max fee. This fee covers the administration costs of collecting and distributing gifts to other nonprofits.

Every dollar donated to United Way for Greater Austin makes a difference for local children, individuals, and families! No matter how much you give, your donation will help us continue our work building opportunity and breaking the cycle of poverty in this community.

Here at United Way, we want to make philanthropy accessible for everyone in our community. Many times, individuals who have experienced poverty or who have utilized United Way’s services better understand the importance of giving back.

If you’re unable to give dollars at this time, consider other ways to get connected with United Way for Greater Austin’s work. We have opportunities for advocacy, volunteerism, and more.

Community Partners

United Way for Greater Austin strategically invests millions of dollars every year in local partners aligned with our mission to fight poverty through our Community Investment Grants. Our community partners are making an impact in the areas of education, health, and financial stability. Learn more and sign up to be notified about future funding opportunities across Central Texas.


United Way for Greater Austin values transparency and accountability. That’s why we publish a detailed impact report each year that breaks down exactly where your dollars go. See our most recent report.

United Way for Greater Austin is independent and self-governing. The money you contribute stays local to help residents here in Central Texas. We are not connected to other United Ways except through “best practices” sharing with United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Virginia. Our local Board of Directors oversees our strategy and finances and assumes responsibility for the integrity and stewardship of our local operations.