Our Work

United Way of Larimer County tackles issues that matter most to our community and uses a collaborative approach to accomplish more together. We provide opportunities for businesses, individuals and organizations to be involved in strengthening Larimer County.

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. Click here to see a list of our funded agencies.

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.

Our Impact

Youth participated in mentoring programs

children received child care scholarships

Agencies received Community Impact Grant funding

local organizations benefitted from free trainings and Shared Services

Investment Distribution

During the most recent fiscal year, 2019-2020, nearly $4.5M was infused into the community through donor designations, grants, nonprofit trainings, facilitation, and partnership building with nonprofits, local governments, and many businesses. 

Donor Designations & UWLC Grant Funding:

  • Community Impact
  • Nonprofit Excellence
  • Innovation
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

Program Expenses:

  • Fire Response
  • Supply Distribution
  • Convene direct providers
  • Sector advocacy

Total funds distributed by UWLC from a collaborative fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, that exceeded a combined total of $1.2M.

Larimer County Child Care Fund

United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) prioritizes access to high-quality, affordable child care in our community. With the average cost of early care exceeding $1200 per child, per month, providing financial support to families with low to moderate incomes is essential to ensure a healthy workforce, that child care is affordable and high quality, and the youngest children are prepared for school and succeed academically. This investment produces significant returns on both the economic and social health of our entire community.

In fall 2020, Larimer County approved the distribution of $300,000 of Coronavirus Relief Funds to support families who have child care needs and who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY DISTRIBUTED THE FUNDS BEFORE DECEMBER 30, 2020, PROVIDING CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 162 CHILDREN AGES 1 TO 12 YEARS OLD!

WomenGive

THE AVERAGE COST OF FULL-TIME, CENTER-BASED CHILD CARE IN LARIMER COUNTY IS $1,187.87 PER MONTH, PER CHILD, WHICH CAN MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR SINGLE PARENTS TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION.

In response to this need, WomenGive was started in Larimer County in 2006 by a group of passionate and caring women who wanted to create an opportunity for women in our community to come together to help other women. Today, WomenGive is comprised of a dynamic network of more than 500 members who use their financial resources to help women in Larimer County achieve economic self-sufficiency.

WomenGive provides support and financial assistance in the form of child care scholarships.

FORT COLLINS OFFICE

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

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