What is a United Way Organization?


  • A volunteer-led, non-profit organization
  • Located in a specific geographic community (For eg. United Way of Chennai will cater to the social needs of Tamilnadu)
  • That seeks and addresses the root causes of key issues
  • Is accountable for stewardship of resources
  • Is accountable for short-term & long-term results with reasonable impact
  • Has a corporate leadership and acquaintances largely but not only

What is United Way International?


It commits to:

  • Help United Ways across the world to become more effective in their work (Capacity Building)
  • Ensure that our global network is accountable and trustworthy
  • Help local founding groups to grow with the global United Way network
  • Help donors with international interests practice intelligent philanthropy

It is a lean effective organization

  • Governed by a 20-25 person board representing 7-10 countries
  • Run by 20-25 people, speaking 10 languages
  • Working with a $2-3 million operating budget

To channel international support through United Way chapters in India, it has an “India Leadership Council” consisting of:

  • Nishith Acharya, Executive Director, The Deshpande Foundation, Boston, MA
  • Hemant Goradia, President, Vinmar International, Houston, TX
  • Barry Griswell, Chairman and CEO, The Principal Group, Des Moines, IA
  • Bill Matassoni, CEO, Owner Managed Business Institute, New York, NY
  • Sheela Murthy, President, Founder and Managing Attorney, Murthy Law Firm, Owings Mills, MD
  • Suku Radia, President, Bankers Trust of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
  • Anurag Varma, Of Counsel, Patton Boggs LLP, Washington DC
  • Sunil Wadhwani, Chairman and Co-Founder, iGate Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

What is the global legacy of United Way today?


  • United Way has a 100 year history of improving lives
  • Volunteers and partners work in 47 countries
  • 3,000+ local United Ways in the world
  • Raises $5+ billion, from 17 million donors annually
  • $900 million is raised from outside the US
  • Best practices are shared across the globe
  • Priorities are based on local requirements

What sets United Way apart?


  • Volunteers at the heart of United Way Movement
  • Network is international; decisions and actions are local
  • Dedicated to long-term, systemic improvement
  • Achieve objectives through a process-driven approach
  • Transparency and accountability in all we do
  • Involve all sections of the community
  • Build capacity of recipient partners
  • Not more than 10% of donations used for Organization overheads

What is the history and future road-map of United Way in India?


  • United Way of Baroda set up in 1986
  • United Way of Mumbai set up in 2002
  • United Way of Bengaluru first to be set up in 2008
  • United Way of Delhi and of Hubli-Dharwad also set up in 2008
  • United Way of Chennai set up in 2010
  • United Way of Kolkata set up in 2011
  • 7 new Chapters planned in the next 2 years
  • A pan-India presence planned

What is the current status of United Way of Chennai?


  • Registered on 12th of January 2010
  • Distinguished Board, with the most high techs of the Chennai region
    • Committed to a variety of community initiatives in :

    • Education
    • Health with Environment
    • Livelihood
  • Set-up costs for 3 years covered through a generous grant

What are the United Way of Chennai Programs?


  • Vocational Training and Livelihood Placements for juvenile delinquents completing their schooling
  • Vocational Training and Placements for the physically challenged with the corporate sectors (100% placements)

Through what web links can we further research United Way?