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About United Way Australia

Our Vision

is that every Australian community thrives.

Our Purpose

is to unite community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations in collaborative action to improve education, employment, health and housing outcomes in communities experiencing disadvantage.

We Believe

that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny, that the causes of entrenched community disadvantage in Australia are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to achieve change.Our approach - Collective Impact, Community Collaborations, Supporting communities to thrive

What We Do

We understand local issues through community conversations, correlating data, mapping services and identifying gaps.

We mobilise resources securing the long-term investment of funds, skills and networks to tackle complex social issues.

We act in partnership with others to strengthen communities.

We influence systems change by sharing learning, advocating and scaling community impact locally, nationally and internationally.

We Are

Responsive to community needs
Working in and with communities experiencing disadvantage to understand their needs and develop solutions to deliver social change.

Focused on children and young people
Evidence shows us that early intervention works and this is the time to create maximum impact on future life outcomes.

Best practice in business-community partnerships
Developing cross-sector collaborations that deliver lasting impact for communities and businesses.

Designing and developing evidence-based initiatives in collaboration with others

Part of a global network
Leveraging resources, scaling social innovation and influencing change through United Way’s network in over 40 countries.

Our Theory of Change

Theory of change


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