United Way of Northern New York’s mission is to measurably improve the lives of all residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties through leadership, training and funding.

The United Way of Northern New York is focused on creating success in each individual community throughout the North Country. We are proudly creating intimate relationships with the different towns, villages and hamlets to understand the challenges and problem sets; provide critical thought, subject matter expertise and solution development; train our nonprofit partners to best address the needs, and laser-focusing funding to achieve success.

It is only through YOUR SUPPORT of our Community Impact Program that we can change entire neighborhoods, school districts, villages and towns. UWNNY recognizes that some communities have a higher priority of needs: the basics of food, clothing and shelter. We are determined to jump beyond the band-aid approach to make significant changes effectively, efficiently and rapidly.

Northern New York is a special region filled with passionate residents, natural beauty and unlimited economic potential that can create a high quality of life for everyone. It is through innovation, creativity and intense collaboration that we can achieve this together.

Jamie Cox
Jamie Cox
President and Chief Executive Officer



  • Meet with Key Stakeholders from Every Village, Town and City
  • Understand Community Pressure Points and Challenges
  • Provide Critical Thought to Create Achievable Solutions
  • No Cookie Cutter Solution in North Country – Each Community is Unique


  • Provide Professional, Educational Forums for Nonprofit Organizations to Increase Program Effectiveness
  • Equip Nonprofit Agencies with Additional Fundraising Resources
  • Educate Community on Innovative and Best Practices
  • Foster Intimate Collaboration to Enhance Success


  • Targeted and Focused Funding Through Grants
  • Aligned with Community Priorities
  • Complements Other Funding Sources
  • Multi-Year Commitments to Create Stability