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.
- United Way of Long Island was founded under the name The United Fund for Long Island
- Newsday publishes an article noting our incorporation and status as a 501c3 charitable organizaiton
- Our first luncheon fundraiser took place
- Marketing materials are printed in color
- Our fundraising goal was $1,275,000 to support Long Islanders in need
- Workplace Campaign Brochures in the 1960s had humorous covers
- Workplace Campaign chairpersons were given specific instructions on engaging employees and achieving success
- Leonard Hall is the first Board President of United Way of Long Island (then called United Fund of Long Island) of the law firm Hall, Casey, Dickler & Howley
- A photo shoot from the 1990s featuring children we serve
- Utility company KeySpan (now National Grid) captain training that included some special visitors…youngsters!
- Community Partner Girl Scouts send us a thank you photo from Brownie Troop 1435
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