2013 UCLA/United Way Campaign
May 20 – May 31, 2013
Facts and Figures
United Way has an aggressive 10-year plan to combat poverty at its roots – homelessness, lack of education and financial instability.
We focus on long-term solutions and work side by side with public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle root causes in a holistic and sustainable manner.
We build on programs and strategies that work, affecting a greater number of our neighbors and communities.
We use advocacy and public policy to change the ineffective systems that sustain the cycle of poverty.
United Way finished year 5 of its 10-year Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan which focuses on providing long-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty and aim to:
- End homelessness through housing stability
- Improve educational achievement by increasing the high school graduation rate
- Build financial stability by offering job training and financial education
- In Year 2 of United Way’s Home For Good Plan, 3,178 chronically homeless individuals and 1,292 non-chronic Veterans were placed into permanent supportive housing.
- Home For Good Funders Collaborative released its Request for Proposals, representing over $105 million in coordinated funding from 24 public and private funders for permanent supportive housing.
- United Way engaged 10,000 Los Angeles County residents through HomeWalk, its fifth annual 5K walk/run.
Improving Educational Achievement
- 3,759 parents received training to advocate for improvements at their child’s school.
- Of 2,000 students tracked in our program, 84% completed 9th grade and 71% completed 10th grade.
- Over 24,000 students have received after-school support in either Math or English with over half improving their performance, laying the foundation for graduation, college and a successful career.
Building Financial Stability Among Veterans
- With almost 330,000 veterans living here in Los Angeles County, and many more to come as the downsizing of the military begins, the need for a coordinated response is urgent.
- United Way launched a veterans initiative seeking to prevent further veteran homelessness through employment and financial stability supports.
- Our goal is to cut post-9/11 veteran unemployment in half by 2017, and ensure their long-term financial stability.
Selected Facts & Figures
- UCLA has participated in the United Way Campaign since 1968, then called the "Community Chest."
- UCLA faculty and staff contributed more than $172,000 during the 2011/12 campaign.
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles raised $65.8 million in 2011/12, of which .88 of every dollar goes directly to programs.
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