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What We Do


United Way of Northwest Georgia is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Northwest Georgia. We work every day to advance the common good by investing in high quality human service programs and by working with philanthropists, businesses, churches, local governments, and dedicated community volunteers to create lasting and measurable changes. United Way creates opportunities for all by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Basic Needs, and Health. 


Joe Young is the 2020 Board Chair.

For a full list of board members click here


Mission Statement

Improving Lives. Inspiring Donors. Uniting Community.


Vision Statement

To be the preferred organization investing in education, basic needs, and health in our community.


Strategic Guidelines


Get kids ready for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and graduating on time with skills to be career and life-ready.


Basic Needs

 Reduce the long term need for food, housing, and utility assistance through life skills education and financial counseling.



Support prevention services so youth and adults are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.


United Way Worldwide Membership Standards






At United Way, we know success is measured by how our mission is achieved — to make measurable improvements in communities. Setting high standards for ourselves and for our local partners is critical for that success. Annually, all United Ways certify their adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations. Specifically, United Ways must meet the following:


Tax-Exempt Status

All United Ways must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations


United Ways are governed by active, responsible, and voluntary governing boards to ensure effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization. These boards are responsible for United Ways delivering on their mission to advance the common good.



All United Ways follow locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff that include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure.


Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusiveness, as defined by the United Way of Northwest Georgia, provides equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin. The United Way of Northwest Georgia promotes the full realization of this policy through the positive recognition of the value of inclusiveness.


Financial Accountability

United Ways undergo annual financial audits conducted by independent certified public accountants whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards. In addition, United Ways have developed comprehensive requirements for completion of audited financial statements to ensure consistency and transparency system-wide. These requirements are based on industry best practices and comport with generally accepted accounting principles. Smaller United Ways (with less than $100,000 in annual revenue) may undergo an independent financial review.


Performance Excellence

Every three years, United Ways conduct self-assessments of their governance, financial management and impact in the community.


Public Reporting and Disclosure

United Ways must file the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner and will provide the IRS Form 990 on their website, at their offices, or upon request.



United Ways comply with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements.


Support the United Way Network

United Ways provide financial support to United Way Worldwide and follow standards to use United Way's trademarks. United Ways charge fees based on actual expenses for donor-designated gifts and other processing services.


United Way of Northwest Georgia Privacy Policy

United Way of Northwest Georgia is committed to keeping all personal donor or member agency information confidential and secure. We use personal donor or member agency information to administer our business, and access is limited to those who need it for this purpose. We may share personal donor or agency information with volunteers who assist United Way with our fundraising, funds distribution, or community impact efforts. We do not sell donor lists or data about our donors and agencies to others.If you have a question or concern, please e-mail us or call 706.876.1580.