Our Mission

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area fights for the education, financial stability, and health of every person in our community. We accomplish this by forging partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, mobilizing resources, and inspiring individuals to join the fight against a common foe: our community’s most daunting social issues. 

Our History

We began as Dayton’s community chest out of the 1913 flood in 1914 to address immediate needs. In 1974, Dayton Community Chest took on the name of United Way, joining what would become the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit organization.  In our first 100 years we invested more than $665 million dollars in our community. Most recently under the guidance of our President and CEO, Tom Maultsby UWGDA has shifted our community impact model, begun new partnerships, and re-imagined what it means for our local community to Give, Advocate, and Volunteer. 



Past Year Highlights

  • Began partnership with Tony Hall to form the Hall Hunger Initiative with UWGDA to address food insecurity in our community.
  • Completed a community needs assessment and first collective impact grant process with Montgomery County, creating the most unique funding partnerships between a private nonprofit and county government in the country.
  • Funded nine projects through the Live United Fund, in the collective impact model, to address needs identified in our joint community needs assessment with Montgomery County.
  • Raised approximately $4 million for health and human service nonprofits providing critical services from basic needs like food pantries, to longer term problem solving like mental health counseling.
  • Formed SilverLink, an information and referral line and mobile application for seniors to get connected to vital health and human services.
  • Engaged new corporate supporters including Taylor Communications, Fuyao Glass America, and Morris Home Furnishings.
  • Our advocacy committee hosted legislative meetings in Dayton with local and state legislators on important topics such as pre-k education and infant mortality.
  • Hosted interns and practicum students from University of Dayton and Wright State University in both our Community Impact and Resource Development Departments, along with vista workers in the Hall Hunger Initiative.

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