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


Recent research published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides imperical evidence that it takes approximately 25% of a population to form a consensus to create large-scale social change. When examining the challenges we face throughout the North Country, it is only through teamwork and collaboration will we truly start to create and enact solutions.

The United Way of Northern New York is setting the standard for teamwork and partnering through the North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence, which is truly a collaborative institution. Harnessing the intellectual capital and

resources of the Northern New York Community Foundation and the legacy and experience of the North Country Council of Social Agencies, the Center of Nonprofit Excellence has quickly become one of the major focal points of our community.

When the Center of Nonprofit Excellence is merged with local-level, in-depth discussions taking place between the United Way and multiple communities throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties, the resultant is a powerful force for change. Together we can change our future.

Board OfficersNatalie Burnham, ChairLaurie Gleason, Vice ChairWalt Hammond, Past ChairJan Mosher, Treas

Board MembersJeff BarnardCourtney Battista BishMike BesawCathy BrodeurAlex HammondJohn JohnsonJan MacaulaySabrina MaddenShawn Mead Dan MenapaceKeith PerryAlicia Ruperd Dan SweeneyLeann Wes


The North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence came to life on January 16, 2020, with the inaugural event: Leadership and Management Symposium. Attended by 110 nonprofit, for profit and government leaders, the participants learned different techniques to become a more successful leader. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ty Stone, President of Jefferson Community College.

On February 6, the NCCNE hosted the workshop, “Grant Writing 101” featuring DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. 75 attendees sharped skills and learned how to write more successful grants.

The next workshop is February 20 at the Gouverneur Community Center. The SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts will be teaching Nonprofit Financial Management and Financial Strategy.


JCC President Dr. Ty Stone Addressing Leadership Forum

Diane H. Leonard Presents Grant Writing 101


Natasha with Tim Barber

Joining UWNNY in May 2018, life-long Carthage resident, Natasha Gamble, quickly made a large impact on the organization and community. Natasha is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is expected to complete her Master’s in Social Work in May 2020. During her free time, she boats and snowmobiles with her boyfriend, Tim, her father, and best friend and brother, Chris.


The United Way of Northern New York measurably improves the lives of all residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties through leadership, training and funding.



  • 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, Education 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

A message from our ceo



When confronted with a complicated battlefield, the wise military commander exploits – or takes advantage of – where success is taking place. When challenged by competitors in a crowded market space, the wise businessperson exploits the strength of their company to improve products and services to gain the upper hand. When threatened by problems in our communities, we must work together to establish a foothold of success, and then exploit that success by duplicating the effort across the region.

The United Way of Northern New York is actively engaged with communities throughout the North Country: discussing problem sets, understanding priorities, lending critical thought to creative solutions, working with nonprofit organizations to shape programs to address the specific problems, and collaborating with multiple funders to provide the resources necessary to achieve success.

Thanks to you – our community investor – the United Way is making a critical impact. Our North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence is changing the dynamic of our nonprofit industry through on-going professional workshops and learning events. Every nonprofit organization in the region – human services, animal shelters, environmental causes, the arts and sports leagues and more – are gaining knowledge on how to operate more effectively and efficiently. In turn, the quality of life in our neighborhoods, villages and towns will continue to improve.

Thank you for your passion, heart and treasure…
Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox
(315) 788-5631

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United Way of Northern New York Partner List

  • ACR Health
  • American Red Cross
  • Association of Blind and Visually Impaired of NNY
  • Cape Vincent Food Pantry
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensurg
  • CHJC
  • Church and Community Center of Canton
  • Community Action Planing Council
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association
  • Credo Community Center for The Treatment of Addictions, Inc.
  • Disabled Person Action Organization
  • Family Counseling Service
  • Garden Share
  • Girl Scouts of NYPenn
  • Hand in Hand Early Childhood Center
  • Lewis County Opportunities
  • Literacy of Northern New York
  • Lowville Food Pantry
  • Massena Police Athletic League
  • Massena Salvation Army
  • Massena Health Association in Jefferson County
  • Mountain View Prevention
  • New Day Children’s Center
  • North Country Family Health Center
  • North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council
  • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living
  • Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club
  • Ogdensburg Salvation Army
  • Pivot
  • Resoulution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties
  • Rohde Center
  • Salvation Army (Empire)
  • St. Lawrence Community Development Program
  • St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • The Arc, Jefferson – St. Lawrence
  • The Arc, Oneida Lewis Chapter
  • Thousand Islands Habitat for Humanity
  • Transitional Living Services of NNY
  • Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County
  • Volunteer Transportation center
  • Watertown Family YMCA
  • Watertown Salvation Army
  • Watertown Urban Mission
  • Wilna-Champion Transporation Association