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United Way invests $31 million in Greater Cleveland community

Ralph J. Davila, APR
Director, News & Community Content
216-436-2205, 330-207-5167 cell

Cleveland (July 7, 2017) United Way of Greater Cleveland’s board of directors approved the organization’s investment of more than $31 million in local health and human service programs.

At United Way’s March annual meeting, the campaign co-chairs announced more than 70,000 donors contributed $40,274,176 to the 2016-17 fundraising campaign to continue the mission of helping people succeed in school, attain financial stability, achieve good health and secure basic food and housing needs, via 115 local health and human service programs. With the close of the fiscal year, United Way has raised a total of $45.7 million. This total includes the $4.51 million grant awarded to United Way and partners to support the Accountable Health Communities model – designed to address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in Cleveland, East Cleveland and Warrensville Heights

“United Way can only address the needs of the Greater Cleveland community, when we have support of Greater Clevelanders,” said United Way President and CEO August Napoli. “We are able to invest more than $31 million in education, financial stability, health and basic needs programs because of the generosity of our donors.”

United Way will invest $31,066,893 into Greater Cleveland’s health and human service sector. One hundred and fifteen local programs will receive $8.3 million to address education, financial stability, health and basic needs in our community.

United Way also will distribute $12.4 million in donor-directed funds to United Way programs including the wraparound program with Cleveland Metropolitan School District, other local nonprofit organizations and United Ways in other communities. Federated systems partners Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland will receive $3.1 million of directed funding to fill gaps in sources identified by United Way. United Way 2-1-1 information and referral program will receive approximately $1.9 million.

Along with supporting education, financial stability, health and basic needs, United Way invests in a number of community programs aligned with its mission. For example, United Way administers Cuyahoga County’s food grant supporting food pantries throughout the county and special projects such as the Family Stability Initiative designed to help families with school-aged children avoid losing their homes to foreclosure with the goal of not moving children from their current school district which negatively impacts academic performance. These initiatives will receive $3.9 million.


United Way of Greater Cleveland is committed to addressing the effects of poverty throughout our community. Through the work of our 115 funded programs and the generosity of our community, United Way strives to ensure families and individuals are healthy and financially stable; our children are well educated and on the road to reaching their greatest potential and even those carrying tremendous burdens are safe and provided with resources to become self sufficient. For more information, visit

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