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United Way Bay Area History Page

Founded on December 23, 1922, United Way Bay Area (UWBA) has worked to address the root causes of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area region.

Since 1922, United Way Bay Area has been a change catalyst – bringing the community together to address our toughest issues and most urgent needs. Although our strategies and approach have changed over the past 100 years, our commitment to an equitable and thriving Bay Area remains the same. Today, through initiatives and policy change, we provide immediate and long-term support for employment, housing, financial stability, and meeting basic needs. We are committed to being a champion for inclusion and systemic change – building an equitable Bay Area where all people have the opportunities and resources needed to thrive.

Take a Glance Back at 100 Years of Impact

We have handpicked some key moments in our history, starting with 1922 – the year we were founded to our present day. Scroll through and enjoy a trip down memory lane of our impact in the Bay Area.

1920s – 1950s

1960s – 1980s

1990s – Present