Houston, TX • United Way of Greater Houston transforms individual lives and brings long-lasting, systemic change to tough issues. Donate today to help your community.

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UnitedWayHouston is a foundation focused on philanthropy. With $72.0m in revenue and 269 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1960, UnitedWayHouston is headquartered in Houston, TX. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 89% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $88.5m.

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Mission and Work


UNITED WAY OF GREATER Houston engages caring people to improve lives and build a stronger community.

Program 1

$23.5m annual program spend • Developing youth and children to their full potential: United Way gives kids a better chance at success and the opportunity to realize their full potential through quality child care, mentoring, tutoring, after-school programs, character development, initiatives that improve academic success, basic needs assistance, adoption, foster care and health care. Last year, United Way touched the lives of 318,000 children and young youth and 81% of students in United Way programs were more successful in school.

Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods

$19.4m annual program spend • Strong families and safe neighborhoods are the backbone of our community. United Way services benefited 691,000 family members through job skills and career readiness, financial coaching and literacy courses, credit building, parenting classes, family counseling, health care and basic needs assistance. Last year, UNITED WAY OF GREATER HOUSTONs family financial stability initiative, United Way THRIVE helped 67,000 families establish a path to financial stability.

Supporting Those Rebuilding Their Lives

$15.8m annual program spend • Last year, 788,000 individuals got the help they needed rebuilding their lives after crises through basic needs assistance, mental health services, housing and emergency shelter, domestic violence services, substance abuse services and assistance with needs such as transportation and life skills.

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In their words

For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater Houston has brought together diverse partners and approaches to get to the root of complex challenges holding people back. 
We are a driving force for good that connects our neighbors to opportunities to thrive. We help our neighbors achieve financial stability, support families and youth with physical and behavioral health and educational services along the way, and provide the safety net that catches the most vulnerable. 
And, we manage every gift with care - shepherding your donation to make the greatest impact in the place we call home.

OUR STRATEGIC VISION: United Way of Greater Houston will create the opportunity for every person in our community to thrive by:

  • Creating a pathway to self-sufficiency and success by providing tools, resources and educational support to help hardworking individuals and families obtain financial stability and quality of life

  • Helping young people achieve academic success through quality out-of-school programs, including early childhood education, before and after school programs and school break programming

  • Providing safety net programs that help people take care of their basic and immediate needs, like food, shelter, clothing and transportation

  • Operating the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, staffed with specialists accessing our community’s largest, most up-to-date database of social services, 24/7/365 days a year to help those in need access hope and help.

  • Convening and leading long-term recovery efforts when our community faces disaster

HOW WE TACKLE THE ISSUES: United Way is the driving force for good that connects our neighbors to opportunities to thrive, bringing together diverse partners and approaches to get to the root of our community’s complex challenges.

  • Invest in life-changing quality services throughout our four-county service area

  • Lead special collaborative initiatives like United Way THRIVE and United Way Bright Beginnings

  • Create accessibility to health and human services by operating four area centers 

  • Provide capacity-building services for non-profits in our area

THE UNITED WAY DIFFERENCE: We manage every gift with care, shepherding resources to make the greatest impact.

Backed by Research: United Way studies the needs in our community through program data, 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE data and local research. United Way of Greater Houston invested in the ALICE Report for Texas providing a broader picture of the number of households struggling financially, underscoring the importance of United Way THRIVE and other programs that help families establish a path to a more successful future. 

Community Investment Process: United Way’s volunteer-led Community Investment Process ensures good stewardship of donor dollars, investment in efficient and effective services, and measurable results. 

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Grants made

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Religious Organization

Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston

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Career and Recovery Resources, Inc

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3 grant(s) totaling $3.0m


YMCA Greater Houston

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3 grant(s) totaling $8.5m


Boy Scouts of America

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3 grant(s) totaling $3.7m


Depelchin Childrens Center

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3 grant(s) totaling $8.4m



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3 grant(s) totaling $19.8m


Family Houston

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3 grant(s) totaling $6.4m


American Red Cross

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Easter Seals Houston

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