Mission, Goals, & History

The mission of United Way of Chatham County is to increase the financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents.


Increase total fundraising revenues at a greater rate than the growth in local human service needs.

Provide funding and other forms of assistance to local human service programs and special projects; evaluate program administration and results.

Sponsor initiatives that identify and address high priority human service needs; utilize the resulting data and recommendations in the United Way of Chatham County planning process.

Inform the entire community, on a continuing basis, about United way and its funded programs.

We strive to include people from all parts of the county and all economic and social backgrounds.


In 1985, a committee composed of Fearrington Village residents and other local citizens worked with the United Way of Wake County to establish Chatham’s own local United Way. A local Board of Directors was assembled and Michael Griggs served as Executive Director on loan from United Way of Wake County. Strong support from Fearrington Village and Carolina Meadows, as well as corporate support from Allied, Carolina Power & Light, and Kayser-Roth Corporation, resulted in the campaign reaching the $45,000 goal. Over the last 35 years, United Way has grown its donor base and increased financial support for human service programs to assist those in need in Chatham County.


The United Way affirms and fully endorses a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical or mental disability for clients, employees and members of the Board of Directors. 

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