We take great ideas and put belief, action and support behind them. Whether it’s the needs of an entire neighborhood or a single family, we’re always working together with our community to improve economic mobility and ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.


A child born in poverty in the Southeast has very little chance of reversing the odds during his or her lifetime. In fact, Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked 50th out of 50 among the largest U.S. cities in economic mobility in a recent Harvard University/UC Berkeley study. All too often, access to economic opportunity in our region is aligned with the ZIP code and neighborhood where one lives.
That must change.

From our unique position as the convener of nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business communities, United Way drives focused collaboration among our partners to address community-specific challenges with an emphasis on education, health and financial stability in our region.

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the most complex problems in the community.


community leaders for collaborative success.


funds to make strategic community investments.


for impact that creates lasting change.

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Behind all of our work, there are people like you who get involved in big and small, yet always significant, ways to ensure a better future for our families and communities.

United Way Community Impact Framework

United Way of Greater Charlotte developed an impact framework focused on creating economic mobility through grassroots, place-based investments that are rooted in equity, led by residents, and focused on the social determinants of health.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Shelter System Report

Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and United Way have released the first assessment of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg emergency shelter system. Among its findings, the report illustrates the importance of connecting solutions for housing and homelessness in our community.

Addressing charlotte-mecklenburg county’s homeless response system report

This case study was developed by Community Solutions to highlight Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s efforts to actively invest to improve the equity in all aspects of their work.

Trauma-informed early childhood system report

In partnership with Child Care Resources Inc., United Way helped develop this report about the impact of trauma on young children and families, plus strategies, interventions and next steps.