About Us

Our Mission

United Way of Larimer County leads philanthropy in our community, ensuring that gifts of time, talent and treasure address today’s greatest needs – and reduce tomorrow’s.

Our Approach

UNITED, WE STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY

Community needs change over time, which is why the United Way of Larimer County encourages nimble and innovative human services. Right now, through United Way, you can benefit our community in four ways:

  • EDUCATION: You can help our kids learn. Through United Way of Larimer County, our local preschoolers are better prepared for school, and local students are better prepared to enter the workforce.

    Education is the best way to ensure a strong economy and a vibrant community.

  • FINANCIAL STABILITY: You can help your neighbors in need. Through United Way of Larimer County, local residents can better navigate challenging times and get on the road to self-sufficiency.

    Financial stability is the best way to decrease the need for future social services.
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: You can help inspire more civic participation.To get more people involved, United Way of Larimer County recruits and engages volunteers, encourages collaboration, creates a pipeline of civic leaders, and engages community employers.

    The most successful communities demonstrate high levels of community engagement.

  • NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE: You can help our nonprofit organizations be as efficient and effective as possible. Through United Way of Larimer County, our local nonprofits benefit from professional development, shared services, outcome evaluation, and more.

    Excellent nonprofits are vital to creating and maintaining a resilient community.

Our Core Values

Leadership

We are the leader and catalyst for change in the business of caring and community impact. We are visionary and innovative in exploring alternatives and seek new ways to solve community problems. Our leadership is intentional, encourages and motivates. The community is inspired by our spirit and action.

Accountability

We hold ourselves accountable not just for action, but also for results, and communicating those results to the community. We are driven by the commitment to make a real difference in solving community problems in Northern Colorado. We set high standards for our own conduct.

Trustworthiness

The contributions made by donors, volunteers and agencies are investments in the future of our community. They trust us to be effective, efficient and responsible stewards of these investments. We foster a spirit of openness and our integrity is absolute.

Community

Our intimate understanding of community helps us build lasting partnerships. We believe great results come from working together. UWLC is energetic and passionate and we believe strongly that there is strength in diversity. We tirelessly pursue building stronger communities, meeting the needs for today and tomorrow. We are vital and resolute – a positive force for change.

Heart

We are about people helping people. We care deeply about the individual lives that are changed with our help. We understand the importance of being accessible and empathetic to all those we serve. We are passionate about improving the overall quality of life in Northern Colorado communities.

Our Focus Areas

Youth and Education

We believe investing in youth is not only the right thing to do, but it is also the best way to ensure a strong economy and community.

Our programs and partnerships in this area focus on kindergarten readiness, reading at grade level by the end of third grade and high school completion.

Through United Way of Larimer County, our local preschoolers are better prepared for school, and local students are better prepared to enter the workforce.

Education is the best way to ensure a strong economy and a vibrant community.

Financial Stability

We believe in investing in communities to accelerate the economic mobility of all community members.

We support programs, partnerships, and policies that address the root causes of poverty and eliminate barriers for all.

Promoting economic mobility for youth and adults is essential to our work and helps fulfill our mission to reduce the needs of tomorrow.

Community Engagement

We believe strong communities are characterized by a high level of civic participation.
Our programs and partnerships focus on increasing volunteerism, collaboration across sectors, creating a pipeline of civic leaders, and business engagement with the community.

To get more people involved, United Way of Larimer County recruits and engages volunteers, encourages collaboration, creates a pipeline of civic leaders, and engages community employers.

The most successful communities demonstrate high levels of community engagement.

Nonprofit excellence

We believe the nonprofit sector plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a resilient community and that donors’ dollars should
be used to fund effective and efficient programs that show results. 

Our programs and partnerships coordinate with more than 70 local nonprofits, funding collective impact activities, evaluation of outcomes and data-based reports for donors.

Through United Way of Larimer County, our local nonprofits benefit from professional development, shared services, outcome evaluation, and more.

Excellent nonprofits are vital to creating and maintaining a resilient community.

36,000

Larimer County residents that live in poverty,
including 9% of children under age 18 and 7% of residents age 65+.

16%

of Larimer County students don’t graduate on time.
Mentoring is a proven way for kids to improve their grades.

90%

of brain development occurs by age five,
and kindergarten readiness is a key indicator of life-long academic success.

47.7%

Only 47.7% of jobs in Larimer County can sustain a family of four.

1:1 daily tutoring provided to Thompson Valley Students

after-school and summer activities provided

FORT COLLINS OFFICE

525 West Oak St, Ste 101
Fort Collins, CO 80521
970.407.7000
office@uwaylc.org

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