Policy change can be big or small. It can be petitioning your school board to require healthier cafeteria meals. It can be urging your government to invest more in schools, or make child tax credits permanent, or make more children eligible for health insurance. Or it can be mobilizing your friends to speak out on a critical cause, in person or online.
United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change. We're amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, we provide a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference.
United Way's Public Policy and Advocacy Work
United Way Worldwide’s policy priorities for the 118th Congress - informed by the work of more than one thousand local United Ways around the country - are rooted in advancing racial and economic equity and opportunity, fostering cross-sector collaboration and problem-solving, promoting civic engagement and democracy, and growing our potential for impact. United Way Worldwide and the United Way Network will advocate for these priorities to advance the common good in communities across the country.
These priorities provide a blueprint for policy work at the national, state, and local levels, and can be utilized by local United Ways to:
- Set policy and advocacy goals
- Engage with elected officials and Administration officials
- Create a state or local policy agenda
- Collaborate with community and corporate partners on shared advocacy campaigns
- Develop broader strategic policy initiatives and tools for use at the state or local level
- Expand community impact work in resource development, campaign, and marketing efforts