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.



Racial Equity Statement

UWNNY recognizes that systemic racism and oppression negatively impact our North Country community and result in disparities in health, education, and financial stability. Every indiviudal is entitled to freedom from these systemic forces that have historically marginalized them and limited their opportunities.

UWNNY strives to address disparities by focusing on racial equity in our financial support, awareness-building, and advocacy. We also strive to advance racial equity in our leadership and staff, partners, donors, and volunteers. Our organization is committed to an equitable North Country community, in which race or ethnicity is not a determinant or barrier to an individual’s health, education or financial stability.


UWNNY fosters and maintains an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued and upheld in all of the work that we do. We believe in treating everyone with integrity and value all our staff, volunteers, partners, clients, and community members.

  • UWNNY encourages all individuals to embrace diversity. We work diligently to treat everyone with the utmost care and compassion, honoring the human rights of every individual.
  • UWNNY collaborates with our community to ensure everyone has equitable access to the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.
  • UWNNY fosters an inclusive, healthy, and strong community where everyone feels valued and empowered.



  • 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