United Way of Central Alabama


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Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama

Join Us for our 2015 Campaign Kickoff

Ben NewmanGuest Speaker
“Living is all about giving”

Enjoy Ben’s powerful and inspiring presentation as he encourages everyone to surrender to a bigger purpose and serve others.  Click here for more information.

“Out performs most other charities in America”

Birmingham, Alabama– United Way of Central Alabama’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 13th consecutive time that United Way of Central Alabama has earned this top distinctionClick for complete story

Since 2002, using objective, data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

UWCA’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars, a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.” Less than 1% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that United Way of Central Alabama outperforms most other charities in America.

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish United Way of Central Alabama’s mission,” said John A. Langloh, President and CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

UWCA’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org


Summer Adventures in Learning 2016 Applications

SAIL Logo webThe Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) Partnership focuses on summer programs where students can explore new interests and skills and gain the support they need to prevent summer learning loss. Click for information


Summer Adventures in Learning 2016 Applications

Opens: September 1st

Closes: October 9th

Background: The Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) Partnership focuses on summer programs where students can explore new interests and skills and gain the support they need to prevent summer learning loss. Through this important partnership, funders commit to using a joint application process for nonprofit organizations seeking grant support to add or enhance consistent academic components to summer youth programs.  Data shows that summer learning loss accounts for nearly two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. Research also shows that the effects of participation in a summer learning program can benefit the child for at least two years afterwards. Local experience in Birmingham has shown average gains of at least two months in reading and math during a five to six week program, making a significant positive difference for these children.


Alabama Power Foundation

Belk Foundation

Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation

Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation

Junior League of Alabama

Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Regions Bank

United Way of Central Alabama

How to apply:

  • Access the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Online Grant System to create an account or to login to your current account.
  • Click Apply and select the Summer Adventures in Learning application.
  • An application should appear for you to complete and submit.


For more information please contact Caroline Harris at charris@uwca.org  

United Way Pacesetter Campaign Sets $11.75 Million Goal

Fifty-one  corporations, businesses, hospitals and non-profit organizations in our five county area  are participating in United Way’s 2015 Pacesetter Campaign which began JKickoff photoune 11 with over 300 volunteers attending a kickoff luncheon featurinPacesetter kickoff Goalg Retired Admiral Eric Thor Olson, U.S. Navy as the kickoff speaker.  The summer fundraising campaign is held each year prior to the organization’s larger fall campaign. Click for complete story

“The Pacesetter Campaign is about leadership,” said Doug Coltharp, 2015 Pacesetter Chairman and Executive VP and CFO at HealthSouth.  “We are very grateful to the 52 Pacesetter companies who will serve as the vanguard for the UWCA’s 2015 campaign.  Our Pacesetter goal of $11,750,000 is ambitious, but readily achievable given the outstanding leadership of these 51 companies.”

Loaned Executives play a crucial role in developing and implementing fundraising initiatives in a wide variety of situations during the annual United Way Campaign.  Their participation helps keep fundraising costs low, leading to increased investments in  the lives of people who need services.

Loaned Executives for the Pacesetter Campaign are:

  • Ashton, Johnson, Sponsored by Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
  • Derand Jones, Alabama Power Company
  • Chris Martin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Ann McEwen, Regions Financial Corporation

The Participating 2015 Pacesetter Companies are:


Arc of Walker County

Arlington Properties

Balch & Bingham

Bayer Properties


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Buffalo Rock

Building & Earth Sciences

Burr & Forman LLP

Cadence Bank

CenterState Bank

Cobbs, Allen & Hall

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.

Daniel Corporation

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

EGS Commercial Real Estate

Ernst & Young

First Bank of Jasper

Fox 6 WBRC

Graham & Company

Harbert Management Corporation


Hoar Construction

Innovation Depot

Jemison Metals

Legacy YMCA

Luckie and Company

Mayer Electric Supply

Maynard Cooper & Gale PC

McGladrey LLP

McGriff Seibles & Williams, Inc

Medical Properties Trust

National Bank of Commerce

Renasant Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Robins & Morton

ServisFirst Bank

Sirote & Permutt

Southern Nuclear

Southern Research


Timberline Holdings

Trinity Medical Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham

United Way of Central Alabama

United Cerebral Palsy

Vulcan Materials Company

Warren Averett

White Plume Technologies

YMCA of Greater Birmingham 

Allocations Volunteer Opportunity

Allocations 2014 United Way of Central Alabama proudly supports a network of health and human service organizations that work along side United Way to improve lives and community conditions.  In 2015 over 80 allocation partners and programs received funding because of your financial  support.

Our Visiting Allocation Teams (VAT) are heavily involved in the allocation process by helping to verify partner agency accountability and ensuring that United Way funds are being used properly.

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