United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

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The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey gives the following descriptive information:

Our Mission

To harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable results that improve the lives of people in our region.


  • 1887 - In response to the city’s problems, religious leaders in Denver came together to plan the first united campaign on behalf of 10 welfare agencies.
  • 1913 - The nation’s first modern Community Chest was born in Cleveland.
  • 1921 – United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is formed by members of the business community.
  • 1924 – United Way of Southeast Delaware County is formed from the joint philanthropy of John Pew of Sun Shipbuilding and Colonel James Campbell of the Delaware County Trust Company.
  • 1938 – United Way of Atlantic County is formally organized with election of Board of Trustees.
  • 1948 - More than 1,000 communities had established United Way organizations across the country.
  • 1957 - United Way of Burlington County is formed.
  • 1960 – United Way of Camden County is established.
  • 1981 – United Way of Cape May County is created.
  • 1986 – United Way of Greater Cumberland County is founded.
  • 2012 – United Way celebrates its 125th anniversary.
  • 2012 - Local United Way staff and volunteer leaders in our region come together to form United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

As originally conceived, United Way still ensures resources are collectively used in the most powerful way to solve the region’s most pressing issues. We are committed to engaging entire communities and providing the tools, services, and expertise that can enable individuals and families to become stronger and more independent.


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