To be Brevard's leader in mobilizing the caring power of our community
United Way isn’t just helpful to communities, it’s crucial.
When it comes to the financial stability, education and health of your neighborhood, your United Way is working to figure out what our community needs to make real change.
Your investment inspires us to go beyond “what is” and strive for what our community can and should be. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. That’s why our work focuses on the building blocks of a good life – Education, Income and Health. Our community wins when kids succeed in school, adults can secure a good job, manage their finances, and provide a healthy environment for their families.
Together, through United Way, the contributions of thousands of individual donors become a force for change in the community. We can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
United Way of Brevard’s impact on Brevard exceeds $21M
United Way of Brevard is making a big impact on the community thanks to the generosity of more than 22,000 local residents and 308 businesses who donated $6,200,812 to the annual fundraising campaign. For every one dollar donated, United Way is able to bring into our community an average of three matching dollars for a total impact of more than $21 million!
Click here to see how the funds support our local efforts to improve Education, Income and Health as well as safety net services at 43 local partner agencies.
United Ways trace their history to the formation of the Charity Organization Society in 1887 in Denver. The United Way movement as we know it today was developed in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's when business and labor leaders joined together to reduce the number of charitable appeals by conducting a single, efficient fund-raising drive. It was first known as the Community Chest, then United Fund, and is today known as United Way.
United Way of Brevard County was started in 1957 by a group of concerned individuals who wanted to help those who were in need. They formed the Brevard County United Appeal and conducted their first county-wide fund drive in early spring of 1958. Over $104,000 was raised, and 12 agencies received funding that first year. Another campaign was conducted in the fall, raising $140,600 for the 1959 operating budgets of the 12 agencies.
In 1962, our name was changed to the United Fund of Brevard County and in 1971 to the United Way of Brevard County. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, we have been actively involved in this community's health and human service sector for last 55 years.
United Way of Brevard continually strives to be efficient and effective with your donations. Our Finance committee meets quarterly to review our operations and internal controls, and we received a clean opinion on our annual audit from Whittaker Cooper.
Past Annual Reports