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Celebrating 55 Years


United Way of Long Island's mission has remained focused on education, financial stability and health for every person in every community  since its founding in 1964.

History of United Way of Long Island

United Way of Long Island’s story begins prior to 1964. In 1950, a small group of individuals, led by Leon A. Swirbil, co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Corp., organized the Long Island Industry Labor Fund for hospitals, marking the beginning of the first major private non-profit fundraising effort on Long Island. In 1958, The Long Island Industry Labor Fund changed its name to the Long Island Fund for Commerce and Industry, still serving 40 agencies and hospitals. During 1958-1963, The Long Island Fund for Commerce and Industry grew to serve 43 organizations & hospitals. In 1961, the first discussion related to the United Fund of Long Island to take place. That same year, the seed money for the operation of the United Fund of Long Island was provided by corporate gifts from 7 companies: Franklin National Bank, New York Telephone Company, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., Long Island Lighting Company, Meadowbrook National Bank, Security National Bank and Sperry Gyroscope. The United Fund of Long Island eventually changed its name to United Way of Long Island. Today, United Way of Long Island works with over 100 community partners serving more than 325,000 individuals, or approximately 1  person out of 10 on Long Island.

1964 - 2019 Archives

United Way of Long Island is celebrating its 55th anniversary. We're digging into the archives to share our history with you throughout the year. Take a flashback in time with us to discover what we found. View the archives and check back regularly to see how we've helped Long Islanders over the course of five and a half decades.

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Be Part of the Change

Celebrate with us at our 2020 LIVE UNITED Celebration Luncheon to re-discover how we’ve helped Long Islanders for 55 years and counting. Be part of the change. 

55 Reasons to Give 

United Way of Long Island's Timeline: 1964-Present

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