United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. UWW advances the common good by focusing on improving education, helping people achieve financial stability, and promoting healthy lives, and by mobilizing millions of people to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.

United Way Worldwide has an established Standards of Excellence, a comprehensive description of aspirational benchmark standards and best practices that are designed to
enhance the overall effectiveness of its United Way affiliates. They reflect the organization's fundamental shift from its traditional role as a "pass through" fund raising organization to working with community leaders to identify and address long-term needs and improve people's lives.


United Way of Illinois is a statewide association of 53 local organizations that create long-lasting community change by helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and family independence and improving people's health. The organization strengthens the United Way movement in Illinois through service to its members and advocacy for effective health and human services policies for the people of Illinois.