UCLA United Way Campaign

2014 UCLA/United Way Campaign

April 7 – April 18, 2014

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 6 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

Ending Homelessness

  • In Year 3 of United Way’s Home For Good Plan, 2,430 chronically homeless individuals and 833 non-chronic Veterans were placed into permanent supportive housing.
  • 4,000 people moved off the streets and into homes.
  • United Way engaged 12,000 Los Angeles County residents through HomeWalk, its sixth annual 5K walk/run.

Improving Educational Achievement

  • 8,000 parents received training to advocate for improvements at their child’s school.
  • 71% graduation rate for Los Angeles County's 1.5 million students.
  • Over 25,000 students have received mentoring, after-school and other academic support programs—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 $150,000 during the 2012/13 campaign.
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles raised $67.8 million in 2012/13, of which .88 of every dollar goes directly to programs.

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