Why United Way?


We are local and truly understand the challenges facing central Maryland. For more than 90 years we have worked with leading health and human service providers across our region and have identified the most effective strategies to improve the most lives.

We help those who are most vulnerable

We work with our local partners to keep our fingers on the pulse of health and human service needs across central Maryland. What comes through loud and clear is to focus on the poor and at-risk. United Way supports health and human services that help people get out of crisis, stay out of it and achieve high-quality, self-sufficient lives.


We help donors and the community make informed choices

Our local expertise combined with our network of agency, government and corporate partnerships across central Maryland helps us identify where donor resources are best leveraged and which comprehensive services to support and achieve the greatest long-term solution. No need has one solution.


We make the most of time, energy and dollars for the greatest good

Last year, our fundraising, educational efforts and programs resulted in more than 1,600 nonprofits receiving support. This allowed them to focus on what matters most—helping people in need—without spending time or incurring the costs of raising the funds themselves.



Through volunteer experiences, we offer opportunities to engage in the community and help change the odds for individuals and families in central Maryland. Volunteer opportunities include Emerging Leaders United, Project Homeless Connect, Alternative Spring Break, Days of Action, Families Living United, Walk a Mile Experiences and many more.

We respect your right to make your own choice

We help you make an informed choice, but it is YOUR choice. You can choose United Way and give to urgent basic needs such as food, shelter and access to healthcare region-wide or in the jurisdiction of your choice, or give through us to any health and human service organization in the U.S.


We are accountable

Every year we receive the highest rating possible in our annual independent audit. We have also held the Standards for Excellence® certification from Maryland Nonprofits since 2000.


Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible

Contributions to UWCM are tax deductible within the limits of current federal and Maryland state law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your contribution. A copy of the most current financial statement is available upon request by contacting United Way of Central Maryland at P.O. Box 1576, Baltimore MD 21203-1576, 410-547-8000. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.