About Us

United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health.  We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit: www.unitedwayli.org.

Now in our 50th year, United Way of Long Island has improved the lives of children, youth and struggling families by creating solutions for such issues as a lack of education, housing, healthcare, financial stability, stable employment and more.

We do this by developing programs and funding over 120 community partners.  Together, we invest in education to ensure children succeed in school and achieve their potential.  We help families become financially stable and independent.  And, we ensure our communities have access to healthcare, food, and positive lifestyle choices.  Our expert staff, supported by a high profile Board of Directors, brings together partners and volunteers from across Long Island to discuss issues, raise funds and develop programs for the building blocks of a good life:

  • A quality education that leads to a stable job
  • Enough income to support a family
  • Workforce readiness
  • Good health

The United Way offers high impact solutions at very low cost by being efficient, effective and transparent.  85 cents of every dollar we collect directly supports programs.  Join us.   Make an investment in changing a life. Give.  Advocate. Volunteer.

United Way is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization run by an independent volunteer board of directors. We are one of Long Island’s most cost-efficient nonprofit organizations, with 85 cents of every dollar raised given directly to community partner or client support.  This exceeds the standard of 65 percent established by the Better Business Bureau. United Way of Long Island also has a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for its operational efficiency and received this honor for a second year in a row. Only 16% of the charities rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that United Way of Long Island outperforms most other charities in America.

We offer an effective, efficient and caring way for Long Islanders to make the greatest year-round impact in their hometowns. These days, with so many choices to make with your charitable dollars, United Way of Long Island can be your partner to ensure your contribution improves people's lives in the communities where you live, work and play. Most importantly, donations made on Long Island, stay on Long Island.

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