Focus on Education

Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. And it benefits the whole community: high school graduates earn more and contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate. United Way is about more than short-term charity for a few; we’re about lasting solutions that build opportunity for all. We look at the big picture: what resources are lacking or need strengthening, and how we can address those gaps to keep kids on track to graduation.

With United Way engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide, we are bringing millions of people together to solve community problems.


We invite you to give, to advocate, or to volunteer—only by working together can we help every child unlock their full potential and empower the workforce of tomorrow. To improve education, United Ways are helping children and youth to:

  • Start school ready to succeed
  • Read at grade level early on
  • Complete secondary education
  • Pursue college or post-secondary credentials