United Way of Central Alabama


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Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama

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South Carolina Flood Recovery 2015

Click here to find out how you can help www.floodrecovery.com

United Way Sponsors Emergency
Food Pantry Food Pantry

An emergency food pantry is on its way for laid-off US Steel
employees.  United Way of Central Alabama is authorizing an emergency grant of $25,000 to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to open a food pantry at USW 1013’s Union Hall in Fairfield.  The official opening and tour  is Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Goedecke Announces $38,755,000 Goal

“The need is now and the need is great”, said Mayer Electric DSC_1550Company CEO Nancy Goedecke and United Way Campaign Chair as she announced their fundraising goal of $38, 755,000. “I’ve been told that one reason that people don’t give to the campaign is because they have never been asked, I’m taking that away right now. I’m asking each of you and everyone you come in contact with to give, give something”, she said to an audience of over 450 at UWCA’s  campaign kickoff event. Click for complete story

Social service needs provided by United Way’s 80 allocation partners and initiatives are especially in danger this year because of threatened cuts to health care, public safety and other vital services by the state’s budget crisis.

Goedecke is the first female campaign chair in the nonprofit’s 93 year history. She is a highly regarded local philanthropist and is now embracing one of her biggest challenges. Her servant leadership was molded as she watched her parents Charles and Patsy Collat’s generous contributions to the Birmingham community.

UWCA also runs a summer fundraising drive with a select group of 51 businesses, nonprofits and government agencies called the Pacesetter Campaign. The results of that campaign were announced with projected pledge results of $11,833,946, a 2% increase over last year. Doug Coltharp, CFO, HealthSouth, led a team of volunteers to pave the way for success in the fall campaign. 

“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  

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