About us


United Way is a Worldwide Non-Religious movement that envisions a world where every individual has an opportunity to succeed and have entire communities thrice as a result. United Way is focused on mobilising the caring power of communities. Every day, our volunteers, donors and advocates who give their time, their money and their voice to improve the lives of others.

United Way was formed in 1887 when a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognised the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. They put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies and created an organisation to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred.

That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become United Way. Today, there 1,800 community-based United Ways in 40 countries and territories. These United Ways raise $5 billion annually for local communities.

In Australia

In Australia, United Way operates as a network with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Ballarat, Glenelg (Victoria), WA, and South Australia. Annually we invest $6 million and over 3000 volunteers into community projects around the country.

We are united globally and locally by our Community Impact mission in mobilising communities to create lasting changes in community conditions that improve lives.

In South Australia

United Way South Australia is a DGR 1 (Deductible Gift Recipient – Public Benevolent Organisation) Charity registered in South Australia with the ACNC

United Way South Australia has its origins as the Elizabeth and District Foundation starting in 1973. The organisation has a long and proud history in the northern areas of Adelaide, connecting the local community and local businesses to provide grants and community development activity.

United Way South Australia has a strong tradition in supporting volunteering. Today volunteers continue to be be the backbone of the organisation in fundraising, supporting events and in providing administrative support. United Way SA is also proud to provide corporate volunteering opportunities, connecting workplaces to their local communities.

Over time, United Way South Australia has moved from being a direct charity provider to undertaking community impact activities, focused on our mission of “building children’s potential”. 

To view our recent financial statements please visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/f4dec3a008e4b043ee466af4d0127054

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