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United Way Worldwide Equity Framework


To remain relevant in communities requires that United Way focus explicitly on equity. The United Way Equity Framework, Strengthening Our Equity Muscle to Accelerate Impact: The United Way Equity Framework, was developed to build the capacity of United Way to integrate an explicit equity lens throughout their work/core business practices in the Modern United Way.

At the foundation of the framework is a shared definition and vision of equity, and 6 levers which United Ways can employ to advance equity: data, community mobilization and engagement; communications and awareness building; fundraising, resource allocation and grantmaking; policy and advocacy; and local capacity building. 

It also should be used in tandem with the Equity Toolkit released in Fall 2019, can help local United Ways identify specific strategies to strengthen existing equity work, or to get started.