United Way of Greater Stark County (UWGSC) seeks to improve the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH. UWGSC focuses its attention on the root causes of these issues through their focus on programs that target Early Education & Care, Graduation & Training, and Family Stability. UWGSC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to energize the community to care for one another by addressing human needs with measurable results. UWGSC was founded by the Alliance Area United Way, the United Way of Central Stark County and the United Way of Western Stark County and serves all of Stark County and parts of Carroll, Columbiana, Mahoning and Wayne Counties. United Way serves a population of more than 380,000 and funds programs and services that address the critical health and human service needs of our community.

Annually, all United Ways must certify to United Way Worldwide their adherence to the following requirements.

  1. Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations. United Ways must file the IRS Form 990 annually in a timely manner.

  2. Comply with all other applicable legal local, state, and federal operating and reporting requirements (e.g., nondiscrimination, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, USA Patriot Act).

  3. Have an active, responsible, and voluntary governing body, which ensures effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization.

  4. Adhere to a locally developed and adopted statement to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community it serves.

  5. Represent itself as a United Way in accordance with all United Way Worldwide trademark standards and requirements.

  6. Support the United Way system by providing financial support to United Way Worldwide according to the membership investment formula.

  7. Adhere to a locally developed and adopted code of ethics for volunteers and staff which includes provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure. All large United Ways will submit a copy of their code of ethics to United Way Worldwide.

  8. Undergo an annual audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards and GAAP.

  9. Conduct every three years a volunteer-led self-assessment of its community impact work, financial management, and organizational governance and decision making.

  10. Annually submit to United Way Worldwide a report of the total resources generated (annual fundraising campaign plus other resources such as in-kind donations and proceeds from special events). This report must be completed according to a policy that ensures an accurate, unduplicated national accounting for the United Way system.

  11. Biennially submit to United Way Worldwide a report on United Way income and expenses.


Improve the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of  EDUCATION, INCOME & HEALTH


To be the most effective United Way in the most caring community.


  1. United Way will tell you the results of your gift. We will show you measurable outcomes of your community investment.

  2. United Way's three Building Block impact areas provide you a way to give specifically to a community need. Our updated assessment of community needs provide a framework to fund programs that address our community’s most important issues.

  3. United Way will fund local health and human service agency programs with high standards. Our service providers work to meet our community’s toughest problems like poverty, domestic violence and child care.

  4. United Way’s breadth of community resources along with your gift and other’s gifts will make an impact on thousands in the community. Your contributions combined with others will make a huge difference in Stark County.

  5. United Way will be your partner in community caring. We will use our professional and volunteer expertise together to improve people’s lives in the community, while we will keep our overhead low.

  6. United Way appreciates your caring and commitment to improving the lives of people in Stark County. We will thank you for your gift and show you the results of your community investment.


  1. Identify and establish Impact Goals to develop solutions and/or provide services to address root causes of community need in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

  2. Develop a community wide plan to support collection, analysis and distribution of data to use in decision making and to track and share measurable results.

  3. Proactively develop and support a robust technology infrastructure to increase productivity, and enhance stakeholder experiences.

  4. Develop strategic volunteer engagement opportunities that are in alignment with and in support of achieving Impact Goals.

  5. Realign internal staff and resources to most effectively address Impact Goals.

  6. Explore changing organizational name to reflect areas we serve.