Mission, Goals, & History



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 36 years, United Way has grown its donor base and increased financial support for human service programs to assist those in need in Chatham County.


To address the most critical needs of county residents.


We envision a community in which all residents have access to the necessary resources to thrive.


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. 


United Way of Chatham County (UWCC) envisions a community in which all residents have access to the necessary resources to thrive. 

UWCC recognizes that structural racism/ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities, which United Way seeks to dismantle.  We understand that these disparities, rooted in the past, continue to affect Chatham residents in the present.

UWCC unequivocally denounces racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities.  Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. 

UWCC works with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

Adopted on August 24, 2023.


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and advance our efforts for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equitable access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Adapted from United Way Worldwide on April 22, 2021

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