We are different than other charities

1 in 4 New Yorkers does not have enough income and earnings to pay for basic necessities.  United Way of New York City is working to change this.  We're fighting poverty in the five boroughs by creating and investing in evidence-based programs that help low-income individuals and families overcome poverty and build better lives.

Most notably, we recognize that while struggling New Yorkers need immediate, short-term assistance, quick fixes won't bring an end to poverty.  To that end, we work to ensure that low-income people get the support services they need right now, while contributing to real, sustainable change that prevents them from slipping into poverty in the first place.  We focus on education, income and health—the building blocks of a good life.  These components are all interrelated; it is difficult to achieve one without the others.

We work side by side with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to tackle the root causes of poverty in a holistic, sustainable way.  We build on strategies that are known to be effective and rigorously evaluate our work. We then work with policy makers to advance citywide change.  Because we believe that everyone has a role to play in creating pathways out of poverty, we actively seek to engage caring New Yorkers as donors, advocates, and volunteers. Learn more about our approach.


United Way of New York City is one of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories that make up the United Way Worldwide network. The community-based United Ways advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on education, income and health.

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

United Way Worldwide seeks to create meaningful change by mobilizing millions to act—give, advocate, and volunteer—to improve the conditions in which they live.

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