United Way’s Organizational Structure

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United Way is an international network of over 1,800 local non-profit fundraising affiliates. These local movements are made up of donors, volunteers, advocates, and others who are committed to advancing common decency by mobilizing communities in over 40 countries around the world in three key areas: health, education, and financial wellbeing. 

Some of the main points of focus within these three key areas include:

  • Low-birthweight babies
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Children and families in poverty
  • Lack of access to health care
  • Personal debt and bankruptcy

As United Way puts it, “We galvanize and connect a diverse set of individuals and institutions, and mobilize resources, to create long-term change.”

United Way’s Leadership

Each local United Way operation is autonomously run as an independently incorporated organization. These organizations are led and staffed by local volunteers and have their own board of directors wholly independent from the parent organization, United Way Worldwide.

While the localized United Way organizations operate independently, United Way Worldwide in its capacity as a parent organization is responsible for leading and supporting this global network. Its leadership is split into five divisions:

The Leadership Team

United Way Worldwide’s core leadership team sits at the very top of the organizational structure. It consists of typical C-level roles (CEO, CTO, CFO) and those within are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of United Way. 

The Worldwide Board of Trustees

The United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the business affairs of the organization, including strategic leadership, resource and relationship management, reputation building, and stewardship of the organization’s mission and assets. 

The U.S.A. Board of Trustees

The organization’s U.S.A. National Board is the governing body tasked with providing oversight of matters that are related to and specific to the United Way network operating within the United States. 

Women United Global Leadership Council

United Way Worldwide’s Women United initiative raises the voice and vision of women leaders in the fight for health, education, and financial stability. Members of the Women United Global Leadership Council are responsible for furthering the mission of Women United in localized United Way operations. 

Worldwide Leadership Council

The United Way Worldwide Leadership Council is responsible for encouraging business and societal leaders to give, advocate, and volunteer with United Way on local, national, regional, and worldwide levels. The council does this by providing high impact leaders with opportunities to share their ideas and build relationships.

United Way’s Organizational Structure

United Way is unique in that each localized operation is entirely independent with its own governing body. The leaders of these local entities to operate it as they see fit so long as it’s in line with United Way’s core mission and global policies, which are set by the United Way Worldwide parent organization, its leadership, and trustees.

Since directives are issued top-down by the United Way Worldwide executive team, it can be said that United Way operates a chain-of-command style hierarchical organizational structure despite each local entity operating as its own organization with its own leadership team.

Non-profit organizations often adopt hierarchical structures similar to the way for-profit firms do. This is because a non-profit organization is governed by a range of different individuals—directors, C-level executives, leadership councils, trustees—and so it’s important that clear lines of authority are established. 

This is especially important in the case of United Way—although each local entity is governed independently, the leaders of these local entities need to know who to report from and take instructions from regarding anything that falls under the remit of corporate. 

United Way Organizational Chart

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