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Advocacy | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

Advocating For An Equal Chance For All
By: Will White

UWBA advocates at state capitol in support of California’s children and immigrant families It’s state budget season in Sacramento and our legislators are hard at...

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Impact | United Way Bay Area | What We're Up To

United Way Reboots Brand With Help of New Tech Tools

How does a 132 year-old organization like the United Way stay fresh in fast-changing tech times? Chief Marketing Officer of United Way Worldwide, Lisa Bowman...

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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Artist-friendly, Free Tax Preparation
By: Tamara Orozco

Gina is a San Francisco-based artist who got her taxes done with United Way’s free tax prep program, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!. See...

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Impact | Philanthropy | United Way Bay Area

Paying It Forward, Tax Free
By: Joan Catherine Braun

Name A Charity As One of Your IRA or 401(k) Beneficiaries My mother was a frugal woman. She was born in the depths of the...

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United Way Bay Area

Connect to jobs, internships and more!

Are you interested in job or internship opportunities? Check out these San Francisco-based organizations to help you connect to jobs, internships or other services! Communities...

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Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

Who says taxes can’t be easy?
By: Tamara Orozco

See why Alice is all smiles about United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program.     Meet Alice. She lives in the Tenderloin...

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Impact | Thriving Adults | United Way Bay Area

SparkPoint at Community College: A Bright Spot in the Bay Area
By: Abby Cunningham

In our last post, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary of SparkPoint, the life-changing program that’s helping struggling Bay Area residents move up the economic ladder. At...

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Empowering Youth | United Way Bay Area

Youth Career Expo Helps Bridge the Opportunity Gap
By: Tamara Orozco

OnTrack Career Expo Engages San Francisco Students in Interactive Exhibits and Coaching at LinkedIn     The energy in the room was buzzing as high...

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Impact | Philanthropy | United Way Bay Area

Local Berkeleyan Gives Back to the Bay Area
By: Abby Cunningham

Robert Spear, PhD. knows a thing or two about research. As a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health,...

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Spotlight | United Way Bay Area

CEO Anne Wilson: Looking Back, Moving Forward
By: Abby Cunningham

In honor of women’s history month, Anne Wilson talks about her professional journey from college intern to CEO of UWBA, a career that spans nearly...

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Advocating For An Equal Chance For All
By: Will White
UWBA advocates at state capitol in support of California’s children and immigrant families It’s state budget season in Sacramento and our legislators are hard at work hammering out the details of this year’s state budget. While our leaders... Read More
United Way Reboots Brand With Help of New Tech Tools
How does a 132 year-old organization like the United Way stay fresh in fast-changing tech times? Chief Marketing Officer of United Way Worldwide, Lisa Bowman talks about how United Way reframed its brand and teamed up with Salesforce.org... Read More
Artist-friendly, Free Tax Preparation
By: Tamara Orozco
Gina is a San Francisco-based artist who got her taxes done with United Way’s free tax prep program, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!. See what she loves about it.   Read More
Paying It Forward, Tax Free
By: Joan Catherine Braun
Name A Charity As One of Your IRA or 401(k) Beneficiaries My mother was a frugal woman. She was born in the depths of the Great Depression to first generation Americans—people whose lives were governed by a fierce... Read More
Connect to jobs, internships and more!
Are you interested in job or internship opportunities? Check out these San Francisco-based organizations to help you connect to jobs, internships or other services! Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids (CHALK) CHALK is a youth-led project... Read More
Who says taxes can’t be easy?
By: Tamara Orozco
See why Alice is all smiles about United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program.   Meet Alice. She lives in the Tenderloin and has been coming to get help with her taxes for the past... Read More
SparkPoint at Community College: A Bright Spot in the Bay Area
By: Abby Cunningham
In our last post, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary of SparkPoint, the life-changing program that’s helping struggling Bay Area residents move up the economic ladder. At SparkPoint, individuals can receive financial coaching, debt-reduction help, career counseling and access to... Read More
Youth Career Expo Helps Bridge the Opportunity Gap
By: Tamara Orozco
OnTrack Career Expo Engages San Francisco Students in Interactive Exhibits and Coaching at LinkedIn   The energy in the room was buzzing as high school students connected with volunteer career coaches at United Way Bay Area’s annual... Read More
Local Berkeleyan Gives Back to the Bay Area
By: Abby Cunningham
Robert Spear, PhD. knows a thing or two about research. As a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health, he’s written and co-authored over a hundred papers on various topics in environmental... Read More
CEO Anne Wilson: Looking Back, Moving Forward
By: Abby Cunningham
In honor of women’s history month, Anne Wilson talks about her professional journey from college intern to CEO of UWBA, a career that spans nearly four decades. Her passion, dedication, and leadership are an inspiration to both women... Read More
Business Pathways Summer Internship
Apply for the Business Pathways Summer Internship Program Companies from various industries will provide internships for youth between the ages of 16-24. Internships will be 8 weeks long, from June 17th to August 9th, 2019. This is an... Read More
SparkPoint Celebrates 10 Successful Years
By: Abby Cunningham
In 2009, United Way Bay Area had a vision: empower struggling Bay Area residents to rise above their financial challenges and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, SparkPoint provides financial coaching, career counseling, credit... Read More
Leading with Philanthropy
Together, we can change the world. When it comes to giving back, the Bay Area business community is all in. Over 90 individuals attended our joint presentation of Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud on January 31, 2019. Our fearless leader,... Read More
Law Firms Use “Gorilla Tactics” to Fight Poverty
By: Abby Cunningham
There’s no law that says you can’t have a little fun in the fight against poverty. That’s exactly what the Koko challenge is all about. The top legal minds in San Francisco come together and battle it out... Read More
Our Two-Generation Approach Works – Just Ask This Donor
By: Abby Cunningham
When Phillippe Wallace started giving to United Way, it was more than a calling to help the less fortunate. For him, it was personal. “My biological father was not a part of the family, nor provided any support,”... Read More
211 Government Shutdown Resources
By: Richard Vega
2-1-1 IS HERE TO HELP United Way launched the United for U.S. Coalition to mobilize its corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and other nonprofits to assist federal workers, contractors and others who may be impacted... Read More
Winter Wonderland in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood
By: Eric Gaan
Emerging Leaders Group Fulfills Wish Lists for Struggling Families United Way Bay Area’s Emerging Leaders group channeled Santa’s little helpers and hosted the annual Winter Wonderland event in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, bringing together local families for an... Read More
United Way Bay Area Helps Launch Retirement Savings Program
CalSavers offers California workers an easy way to save for retirement. In November 2018, UWBA helped launch CalSavers, a pilot program that will offer an estimated 7 million workers in California the opportunity to contribute to an Individual... Read More
United Way Tops Forbes List of America’s Top Charities
We are honored to again make the list and grateful to our many partners and supporters who help make our work possible. As described by Forbes, rankings on the 20th edition of the Forbes top-charities list are determined... Read More
When there’s nobody else to call, we’re here for you.
By: Tamara Orozco
Our free 211 helpline connects those in need, like Sara, with those who can help. When crisis hits and survival mode kicks in, it’s hard to think straight, to know where to turn for help. That’s where Sara*... Read More
Volunteer to Help Families ‘Earn It! Keep It! Save It!’
By: Kat Russo
UWBA’s free tax assistance program brings back $82 million in refunds to local residents What could be more rewarding than helping low- to moderate-income Bay Area families and supporting the local economy? We don’t know either! United Way... Read More
Free Financial Coaching for Every Community College Student in San Mateo County
By: Tamara Orozco
SparkPoint at College of San Mateo Aims to Foster Financial Independence Among Students Where can families, students and others find one-stop free financial services to help them get out of debt, save money and become financially self-sufficient? SparkPoint.... Read More
California Wildfire Relief Funds
  UNITED WAY ESTABLISHES WILDFIRE RELIEF FUNDS   In response to the wildfires which have devastated Northern and Southern California in recent days, the regional United Way in each area has established relief funds to provide assistance to... Read More
Lyft, United Way Worldwide and Salesforce.org partner for philanthropy.
By: Tamara Orozco
Lyft Chooses Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud to Give Back to Communities United Way Worldwide recently announced that Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the country, has signed on to use Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud as a way of engaging... Read More
1 District, 3 SparkPoint Centers
By: Ena Yasuhara Li
  A SparkPoint Center for every community college in San Mateo County Students and community members in San Mateo County will soon have access to an incredible new resource: SparkPoint at College of San Mateo (CSM). When this... Read More