About Us

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS)

It is not enough to feed a hungry family or protect a child from violence; we need to change the conditions that led to hunger and violence in the first place. We work together with businesses, government, schools, faith groups, the media, individual community members, and nonprofits - because it takes the whole community to get the kind of results we need.

We believe in advancing the common good through a strategic focus on the building blocks of a good life - education, financial stability, health and basic needs. The ability to effect positive change begins with a single act: your decision to give in a way that matters to you.

Whether money, time, or your voice; your action is combined with those of your neighbors and together the power to make an impact is multiplied. The generosity of our donors enables us to provide grants for outcome based programs and collaborative projects that address core needs and achieve lasting, measurable results.

Our Mission:  We Link the Community's Will and Resources to Improve Lives.

Our Vision:  Working Together to Build a Better Community.

Our Goal:  By 2020, 3 out of 4 Third Graders are Reading Proficiently.

Our History

In 1942, local community leaders and volunteers came together with one desire ... to make northern Nevada a better place to live.  For 75 years, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra has brought citizens from all walks of life together to solve the most pressing challenges that our northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe Basin communities have faced. Today, we deliver community impact that is both innovative and targeted.  We fund multi-agency partnerships that are changing the lives of children and their families. As we celebrate our 75th year in business, we celebrate each of you, your efforts to date, and your efforts to come -- as we advance towards a great future together.

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (incorporated in Nevada, July 6, 1961). The organization started as the Reno-Sparks Community Chest in 1942. In 1969, the Community Chest changed its name to Washoe United Fund, and in 1987, to United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS).

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