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To spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future.



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United Way is about People Helping People

Since 1920, United Way of San Diego County has been an agent of change. Yet our role as a community leader in solving Health & Human Services issues has remained unchanged.

We advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, financial self-sufficiency, health and homeless prevention — integrate these efforts and you have the building blocks for a good life.

Why? Because statistics show us that:

  • Every year, a million teens drop out of high school
  • Only one in three working parents earn enough to support their families
  • Only one in three adults are considered healthy

We're helping children, youth and struggling families. We're using our unique role to build public/private partnerships that are making significant progress in all of these areas.

To help solve these community issues, we recruit the people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. As we work to strengthen our community and bring real solutions to our region's most pressing problems, we help improve the lives of all San Diegans.

Our Vision
United Way envisions a vibrant community built on opportunity for everyone.

Our Mission
To spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future.



Some facts you may not know about United Way of San Diego County: 

Top US Charity:

United Way tops the annual Forbes list at #1 out of the largest U.S. charities!

United Way is also one of five on a Forbes list of 2012 Top All-Star Charities, ranking for efficiency with donor contributions.


Four Star Rating on Charity Navigator: 

Charity Navigator awarded United Way of San Diego County with a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.


Serving San Diego for nearly 95 Years: 

In 2010, thanks to the many donors, volunteers and advocates who have supported us over the years, we celebrated 90 years uniting San Diegans and changing lives.

View our 90th Anniversary Historical Booklet


We invite you to join us! You can GIVE, you can ADVOCATE and you can VOLUNTEER.

That's what it means to LIVE UNITED®