With this year’s United Way campaign approaching, now is a great opportunity to revisit what makes United Way such a great organization and explain why we love pooling our efforts to support it every year.

History of United Way

Founded in 1887, United Way has organized over 2.9 million volunteers and raised $5.2 billion in support of nonprofit organizations that fall under three categories: education, income, and health. The organization’s mission is all about community empowerment:

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Today, there are nearly 1,800 United Way locations spanning the globe in over 40 different countries – but they haven’t lost their focus on supporting local communities.

How United Way Works

Despite being such an enormous non-profit organization, each United Way location focuses entirely on their respective community. Since every area is different, individual branches are tasked with identifying the greatest needs in the neighborhoods they support.

Your United Way donations are then put to work, going directly to local organizations that need the most help.

United Way has kept two million kids on track with after-school programs, provided job-skills training for 687,000 people seeking career opportunities, and fed over 110,000 people facing hunger. The positive impact of United Way is immense and shines brightly in every community they are involved with.

Nelnet’s United Way Campaign

Nelnet’s annual partnership with United Way reinforces our core value of giving back by supporting an organization that directly benefits the communities that our associates live and work in. In addition, United Way’s core focus areas of education, financial stability, and health support and reflect Nelnet’s mission to create more opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.

Get Involved – Support United Way

We believe having a corporate United Way campaign provides an opportunity to educate associates and encourage them to make pledges that will impact thousands of people in our communities.

Nelnet encourages associate participation by allowing payroll deductions, matching all pledges 100%, and even doubling matches for first-time donors. Nelnet also provides multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year at different organizations involved with United Way, so that associates can show support and see firsthand where their donations are going.

If you want to give back to your community, there’s plenty of opportunities for you to contribute to United Way and help make your neck of the woods a better place.

Tell us what you’re #UnitedFor and tag us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @NelnetCareers.