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Who We Are
The World’s Largest Privately Funded Nonprofit
United Way of Northern New Jersey is one of 1,800 United Ways around the world. Each United Way is an independent entity, that serves a specific community.
United Ways partner with global, national, and local businesses; nonprofits; civic and faith organizations; as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government, and more to address the needs of the communities they serve.
Nearly 2.6 million volunteers and 9.6 million donors around the world support United Way. Collectively, United Way raises more than $5 billion every year to create community solutions that improve life for everyone — impacting the lives of up to 50 million people every year.
Communities We Serve
United Way of Northern New Jersey serves communities across five counties which account for 1,700 square miles with 1.2 million residents. It is a region with amazing resources, expertise, and talent. Fifty Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or major facilities in this area.
As we all know, the problems of our communities do not stop at county lines. United Way of Northern New Jersey combines the strengths, diversity of skills and experience, and rich histories of six United Ways to create more impact, grow more resources, be more influential stewards of our combined assets, and have a greater impact on our local communities.
United Way Of Northern New Jersey’s History
For decades, United Ways in Morris, Somerset, Suburban Essex, Sussex, and Warren counties worked hard to support struggling families and individuals in their communities. As the climate of our region and the nonprofit arena evolved, the sister United Ways began to share best practices and collaborate on a variety of fundraising efforts and community programs — all to create stronger communities for those who live and work in our area.
2011: United Way of Northern New Jersey was established
2020: The path for a more equitable future is set
When ALICE suffers and is forced to make difficult choices, we all face serious consequences. United Way is fighting for ALICE – essential workers critical to the stability of our communities. We are looking beyond temporary fixes to find solutions that result in long-term, sustainable change for all individuals and families. Our focus on three areas – education, income, and health – helps ALICE at three key points – now, in the near term, and with an eye to a better and more stable future.
Equity Diversity Statement
We believe that diversity of thought as well as cultural diversity of staff, board, and volunteers strengthens United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ability to achieve its mission, vision, philosophy, and values. United Way is committed to having a workforce and volunteer teams that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our community in all respects.
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–Lynette, free tax preparation client