About Us

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS)

Since 1942, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) has invested in our 13-county region by bringing people together to give, advocate, and volunteer. Our mission is to link the community’s will and resources to improve lives. UWNNS believes that when the community comes together and puts our resources to work, we can solve our most pressing issues and create opportunities for a better life for all.  

While many think of United Way as simply an organization that provides funds to other nonprofits, UWNNS is a "Collective Impact" organization. We are committed to listening to our community and bringing together local nonprofits, businesses, elected officials and community members to collaborate and implement solutions. No one organization can do this alone. It takes the entire community to make change happen. Check out our 2019 Annual Report for the latest information about our work.

We are supported by an active local board of directors, a dedicated staff team, passionate volunteers and generous donors who believe in our ability to harness the power of the community to improve lives. Learn more about our vision through our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.  

Join us. Be a part of the solution in northern Nevada!


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. We are grateful for each of you who make our work possible through 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). Our Federal Tax ID # is 88-0059327.