About Us



United Way of Portage County is an independently-governed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization connected to a network of more than 1,400 local United Ways through United Way Worldwide. We have our own board of directors and focus our work creating long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems within our community.

United Way of Portage County’s strategic approach to community problem solving concentrates on collaboration and results. We achieve results through more than 30 partner programs and 14 agencies.

United Way of Portage County works to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Our focus is on Education, Health and Financial Stability - the building blocks for a good quality life.

Education - United Way will partner with programs that are most effective in helping our children enter school ready to learn, and succeed in life while meeting the diverse needs of the community.
Health - United Way will prioritize funding for programs that address behavioral and physical wellness.
Financial Stability - United Way will prioritize funding for programs that give community members a chance for a brighter future and a path toward achieving financial capability (attitude, knowledge, & skills to exercise money management skills).


Advancing the common good is about communitywide change to help all of us. We are all interdependent and when we are stronger as individuals, together we build a stronger community.

In order to achieve real, lasting communitywide change, United Way recruits the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Together, we are taking action that makes a real difference today, while creating long-term solutions and measurable results.

More than 7,000 people and over 200 organizations are already on board. But we need you, too. We invite you to be part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED™.


When we LIVE UNITED™, we can tackle the toughest problems and make Portage County a place where people can realize their dreams.

2019 Annual Report

2018 Audit/Financial Reports

Form 990