History

More than a century of good works and making a difference

In 1913, Cleveland had grown to be the sixth most populated city in the country, teeming with established residents and a wave of immigrants. But with rapid growth came unemployment, inadequate health care and poverty.

Well-intentioned charities provided help through citizens’ donations, but a lack of coordination led to inefficient results. To make sure the various charities’ good works were doing the most good, Cleveland businessmen and community leaders formed an umbrella group, which eventually became United Way of Greater Cleveland. 

Take a trip down memory lane to learn more about United Way’s humble beginnings to the achievements of this decade. 

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Today

August A. Napoli joined United Way of Greater Cleveland as President and CEO in 2016. A strategic planning project and community needs assessment is completed and results indicate where change is necessary within Greater Cleveland. A three-year strategic plan (2017-2020) is launched, identifying four key goals: establish a collaborative culture of philanthropy, emphasize donor centricity across resource development efforts, leverage the power of data to drive resource distribution and build a foundation of operational excellence and sustainable infrastructure to bring lasting change in our community. As a result, United Way created a two-prong approach to concurrently address the symptoms and root causes of poverty:
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