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At United Way, we strive to create communities where systemic barriers no longer hold people back from achieving their potential, and where every person has the resources and support that they need to fulfill that promise.

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Racial Equity Portfolio

We believe in leading the fight to create communities where everyone can thrive.

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Diversity Leadership Society

We believe that everyone deserves permanent employment with a livable wage.

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Boys & Men of Color

We believe in opportunities for boys and men of color to thrive.

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Project LEAD

We believe in supporting and nurturing future leaders who are ready to serve.

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Partnership MKE

We believe in building authentic relationships across our community, for a better, stronger, more inclusive Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee Fellows

We believe in the development of young men who are not only well-educated, but provide servant leadership that will be emulated by others.

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UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity

Through the generous partnership with UW Credit Union, this $500,000 fund will combat the negative impacts Black and Brown communities have persistently experienced for generations. Communities of Color have been disproportionately devastated by the intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.

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Anti-Racism Statement

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County unequivocally denounces racism and ethnic discrimination in all its forms because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities and is in direct opposition to what it means to Live United. We recognize that structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial and ethnic disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present, and that we have an opportunity and responsibility to change these systems. We acknowledge those inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is committed to working with our community to end these inequalities. To accomplish this, we know we must engage our entire community, especially those whose voices have historically been marginalized, in support of the shared work for fortifying equity and empowerment. We will continue to work with public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging our assets to create more equitable communities.