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June 01, 2017

Creating a Community Where Everyone Has the Opportunity to Thrive

United Way of Greater Cincinnati is excited to announce the 2017 Call for Partners --United Way’s new investment process to determine all investments aligned with its new United for Opportunity Agenda starting in 2018. 

The Call for Partners has been sent to all 142 current United Way agency partners, as well as an additional 100 organizations that have inquired throughout this process. The invitation is open to any nonprofit organization that would like to join United Way as a partner. Proposals are due online by Wednesday, June 14, at 5:00 PM ET.

“Our Call for Partners is an invitation to the nonprofit community to join us in the fight against poverty,” said Ross Meyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We’re looking for partners who will put children and families at the center and deliver more holistic support to help them build on their strengths and overcome complex challenges. This is the biggest shift in our approach in a decade, and we want partners who are open to learning with us and doing things differently.”

Call for Investment

To emphasize commitment to the family-centered approached, United Way will prioritize helping families with incomes below self-sufficiency levels, defined as at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). United Way’s first priority is serving families with children under the age of six. Families with young children have the highest poverty rates in our region, during a time that is most important for child development. 

United Way’s second priority population is families with children ages six to 24, and the third priority is to support important strategies that focus on individuals with incomes below 200% FPL. United Way will also continue to support strategies that benefit all people in need regardless of income level. 

“Our community is strongest when everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” said Julia Poston, United Way of Greater Cincinnati Board Chair, and managing partner, EY. “Poverty is denying that opportunity for nearly one-in-three of our neighbors, and United Way’s new Opportunity Agenda takes on this challenge of poverty head-on. We’re going to be even more focused on creating opportunity so every child and every family can reach their full potential.”  


The Call for Partners and United for Opportunity Agenda were co-created based on the insights and experiences of numerous current partners, as well as the voice of families themselves. All current agency partners have an opportunity to align to the Call for Partners.

“In building this new approach, United Way deeply engaged and listened to the real experts – the families themselves and those who serve them,” said Jane Keller, president and CEO, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and former United Way Board member. “As a current agency partner, we are excited to join with United Way to take our impact to the next level and accelerate progress for our community.”

To learn more and to access the 2017 Call for Partners Proposal Packet, please visit or contact with any questions.