United Way Leads Forbes' List As Largest U.S. Charity
United Way Worldwide has announced its selection by Forbes magazine as the largest U.S. charity and has been named one of "Forbes Picks: All-Star Charities," a newly created category that reflects the organization's dedication to quality programs, community impact and organizational efficiency.
"It is an honor for United Way and the thousands of community impact professionals working throughout our network to be recognized as a top charity for our resources, community impact, program quality and organizational efficiency," said Stacey D. Stewart, president of United Way U.S.A. "After 125 years of creating long-term change in communities, United Way continues to create opportunities for a better life for all throughout the United States and around the world."
"We are extremely proud to be part of the United Way movement whose focus is on improving education, income and health outcomes in communities like our own across the country," said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. "Forbes' recognition is very welcome because it speaks to the trust that so many individuals, businesses, foundations, governments and nonprofits have in us."
Locally, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) is committed to help those facing poverty achieve good health, financial stability and self-sufficiency through programs such as READ LEARN SUCCEED, Family Stability Initiative and Access to Healthy Food Initiative. UWCM also provides millions of dollars in grant funding to local results-driven programs across central Maryland, and operates 2-1-1 Maryland at UWCM, a 24-hour information and referral hotline for people needing information about social services.
For inclusion on the Forbes list, United Way was judged based on the amount of private donations made to the organization. United Way was designated a financial efficiency all-star based on the overall high percentage of donations that United Way uses toward implementation of its service programs.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region's human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people's lives. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families facing poverty meet their basic needs, stabilize and achieve self-sufficient lives. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community's needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, visit www.uwcm.org.
About United Way Worldwide
United Way is a worldwide network in 40 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, visit UnitedWay.org.