Our Programs | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Our Programs

We develop, support and invest in the most impactful strategies and partners to strengthen education, income and health in our community. Together, we can tackle complex, interconnected issues and create lasting change in our community.


Together, we created access and opportunity for nearly 1.5 million North Texans last year.

United Way Programs

Better Together Fund

Encourages and rewards nonprofits that create formal long-term collaborations to maximize impact.

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Nonprofit Success Institute

Provides training and resources to help small nonprofits, churches and neighborhood associations operate efficiently, increase impact and compete for funding.

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Southern Dallas Thrives

Provides supportive services and workforce development training in high-growth industries to women in Southern Dallas

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Provides resources for childcare centers to increase the quality of preschool programming and ensure kids start kindergarten ready to learn

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First Five

Provides quality childcare in southern Dallas so kids start strong, mothers can work and employers get an expanded workforce.

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Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund

Provides the funding for most of our annual basic needs grants, allowing us to consistently respond to families in crisis

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Pathways to Work

Creates innovative solutions for moving workers into good jobs and ensures employers have a pipeline of skilled, ready-to-work employees

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Pathways to Economic Mobility

Provides families the tools to increase savings, improve credit scores, reduce debt and avoid predatory lending products

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Financial Inclusion Roundtable

Gives families access to insured deposit accounts, fair credit and quality financial programs

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Free Tax Prep

Offers free tax preparation services that enable families to maximize tax refunds and create a foundation for savings

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Character Playbook

Encourages middle school students to build values and character with the support and involvement of NFL players and representatives.

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Kids Teaching Kids

Engages high school culinary students to create healthy recipes for elementary students to prepare in their 21-Day healthy snacking Challenge.

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Just Keep Livin Foundation

Provides afterschool fitness and wellness activities that encourage exercise, nutrition, teamwork, gratitude and community service.

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Healthy Zone Schools

Helps schools create a health-conscious culture that improves academic performance and encourages habits for lifelong wellbeing.

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HOPES – Healthy Outcomes through Prevention & Early Support

Provides resources, home visiting, support services and more to ensure parents are equipped to create safe and healthy home environments…

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North Texas Summer & Supper Council

Supports community organizations that provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is out of session.

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Texas Home Visiting Program

Matches parents and soon-to-be-parents with trained home visitors that teach positive parenting strategies and how to prepare kids for kindergarten.

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Start Smart Texas

Supplies quality child development information via a free text service to help parents become confident first teachers for their child.

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Once Upon a Month™

Delivers age-appropriate children’s books to families each month to stimulate curiosity, language development and learning skills.

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Impact Partners

Community Impact Partners 2022-2025

  • AES Literacy Institute Incorporated+
  • Agape Resource & Assistance Center, Inc.
  • Aspire – LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas)
  • Austin Street Center*+
  • AVANCE-Dallas
  • Bachman Lake Together
  • Baylor Healthcare System Foundation
  • Baylor University*
  • Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – Greater Dallas Market
  • Big Thought
  • Black Heart Association +
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
  • Bridge Steps* +
  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand (BBHH) +
  • Cafe Momentum
  • Callier Center for Communication Disorders
  • CARDBoard Project +
  • Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.*
  • Child and Family Guidance Center
  • ChildCareGroup
  • Children’s Advocacy Center for North Texas, Inc.
  • Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation
  • Christian Community Action*
  • Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Citizens Development Center
  • City House +
  • City Year Dallas
  • CitySquare*
  • Commit!2Dallas
  • Communities In Schools of North Texas
  • Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region
  • Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas +
  • Covenant Purpose and Restoration
  • Family Center +
  • Crossroads Community Services Inc.* +
  • Dallas Afterschool
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dallas Eviction Advocacy Center +
  • Dallas Services
  • Deaf Action Center +
  • Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc.
  • Education Opens Doors
  • Empowering the Masses, Inc. +
  • Equal Heart*
  • Families to Freedom Inc. +
  • Family Compass


  • Family Gateway*
  • Family Gateway and The Salvation Army* Family Place
  • FII-National – UpTogether +
  • First3Years
  • For Oak Cliff – Dallas Methodist Hospitals Foundation+
  • Foundation Communities
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
  • Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
  • Harmony Community Development Corporation Health Services of North Texas, Inc.
  • Heart House
  • Homeward Bound Inc +
  • Hope Restored Missions +
  • Incarnation Place, Inc. +
  • Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Interfaith Family Services
  • Irving Cares*
  • Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, Inc.*
  • Jubilee Park & Community Center
  • KIPP Texas, Inc.
  • Leadership Forward Mentoring Program +
  • Literacy Achieves
  • Lone Star Justice Alliance +
  • Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic
  • Lumin Education
  • Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center, Inc. +
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute +
  • Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA)*
  • Metrocare Services – Dallas County MHMR*
  • Metrocrest Services, Inc
  • Mi Escuelita Preschool, Inc.
  • Miles of Freedom
  • Momentous Institute +
  • Mosaic Family Services
  • My Possibilities
  • NAMI North Texas +
  • New Friends New Life – Amy’s Friends
  • Nexus Recovery Center Incorporated
  • North Dallas Shared Ministries, Inc.
  • North Texas Food Bank* +
  • NPower Inc
  • Oak Cliff Empowered, Inc.+
  • Our Friends Place +
  • Parkland Foundation on behalf of Parkland Health
  • PediPlace
  • Per Scholas Inc.
  • Prism Health North Texas – AIDS Arms Inc. Prison Entrepreneurship Program
  • Project Transformation North Texas
  • Puede Network +
  • Rainbow Days Inc.
  • Rape Crisis Center of Collin County – The Turning Point
  • Readers 2 Leaders
  • Reading Partners
  • Refugee Services of North Texas +
  • Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.
  • Rockwall County Helping Hands*
  • Rosa es Rojo, Inc. +
  • Samaritan Inn, Inc.*
  • Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Inc. –
  • The Senior Source
  • Shared Housing Center Inc.
  • Sharing Life Community Outreach, Inc* +
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul Diocesan Council of Dallas Inc.
  • Southern Dallas Link, Inc.
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc.
  • Spida Inc. / Braswell Child Development Center +
  • T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation +
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation +
  • Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc.
  • The Concilio
  • The Educator Collective +
  • The IF Institute Inc.+
  • The North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt)+
  • The Salvation Army of North Texas*
  • The Stewpot – First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas+
  • The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas – VNA*
  • The Warren Center, Inc.
  • Trusted World Foundation +
  • Under 1 Roof +
  • University of North Texas at Dallas +
  • Uplift Education
  • Urban Teacher Center, Inc. +
  • Vogel Alcove
  • Volunteers of America Texas* +
  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center +
  • Wilkinson Center*
  • WiNGS – Women in Need of Generous Support
  • Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network
  • Youth With Faces – Youth Village Resources of Dallas, Inc.
  • Young Leaders, Strong City*

* Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund Grantee
+ New Community Impact Grantee

United Way-led Targeted Impact Initiatives Investment Partners

  • 2 Inspire Peace
  • Abide Women’s Health Services
  • AES Literacy Institute* +
  • After School All Stars
  • Ark of Hope +
  • Austin Street Shelter*
  • AVANCE – North Texas*
  • B Moore. Fit
  • Big Thought*
  • Brother Bills Helping Hand*
  • BT Foundry +
  • CARDBoard Project*
  • Carter’s House
  • Catholic Charities of Dallas*
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Challenge Island ChildCareGroup*
  • Children’s Health*
  • Chocolate Mint Foundation
  • CitySquare*
  • Combined Arms +
  • Community Council of Greater Dallas
  • Comp-U-Dopt
  • Cornerstone Crossroads Academy +
  • Cornerstone Dallas
  • CPAL
  • Dallas Bethlehem Center
  • Dallas College Foundation
  • Dallas Innovation Alliance
  • Dallas ISD
  • Desoto ISD
  • Dwell With Dignity
  • Educate Texas
  • Empowering the Masses* +
  • Essence Dance
  • Este2M Builders +
  • Family Care Connection
  • Family Compass*
  • FEED Oak Cliff +
  • For Oak Cliff*
  • Foundation Communities*
  • Goodr
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas* Harmony CDC*
  • Heart of Courage +
  • Homeward Bound*
  • Housing Crisis Center
  • ilooklikeLOVE +
  • Interfaith Family Services*
  • Jubilee Park*
  • Junior Players
  • KiddoFit
  • Lancaster ISD
  • Litehouse Wellness
  • Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic*
  • Lullaby House +
  • Lumin Education*
  • March To The Polls +
  • Medical City Healthcare
  • Methodist Hospital Metrocare Services*
  • Metrocrest Services*
  • MHMR Tarrant
  • NPower*
  • Parkland Foundation*
  • Per Scholas*
  • Prism Health (AIDS Arms)*
  • Reading To New Heights +
  • Regional Black Contractor Association
  • Richardson ISD
  • Salvation Army*
  • Seeds2STEM
  • Services of Hope
  • Sharing Life*
  • Studio Bella for Kids
  • Together We Thrive +
  • T.R. Hoover*\
  • Texas Health Resources* TexProtects
  • The Artist Outreach +
  • The Bridge*
  • The Harvest Project
  • Under 1 Roof*
  • Veritas Impact Partners +
  • Viola’s House
  • Wesley Rankin Community Center* +
  • Women Rock, Inc. +
  • Young Leaders, Strong City* +
  • YUMlish +

* Organization also a Community Impact Grant Recipient
+ Social Innovation Accelerator Fellows