What We Do

What We Do


The problems in our community that really need addressing are significant, large scale challenges. None of these issues can be solved by one organization; the problems that exist are bigger than any one of us. Problems like homelessness, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation rates and poverty. Our job at the United Way of Forsyth County is to organize that fight.

We believe in being innovative. We rally our partners across government, business, philanthropy, faith communities, non-profits and the private sector so that we can achieve lasting social change in our community. We and our partners focus intently on our common goals, aligning all our time, investments, and staff resources, and hold each other accountable so we can make the greatest difference possible. This “collective” approach improves results. Because United we fight, United we win.

In the first quarter of FY2020-2021, United Way of Forsyth County is funding over 60 different local programs through our Community-Wide Investment Process and Place Matters investment strategies. This funding is assessed on a quarterly basis to best serve the needs of our community. Listed below are agencies receiving funding through these two investment processes. A number of other partner agencies also receive funds through United Way of Forsyth County, including Trellis (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care Center), Second Harvest Food Bank, Winston-Salem Urban League, and Boy Scouts – Old Hickory Council. Additionally, last year over 370 agencies and nonprofit organizations from our local area and across the country received designated donations directly through United Way of Forsyth County’s Annual Campaign.

United Way of Forsyth County also funds and supports other key initiatives in our community including NC211, Housing Matters (formerly the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness), The Forsyth Promise, The Partnership for Prosperity, and our key partnership with Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.


Our Impact

Community-Wide Investments

The Community-Wide Investment Process funds programs with our historical agency partners and seeks to fund collaborative and integrated programs within a set of targeted outcomes in Education, Economic Mobility, Health and Basic Needs. The four focus areas are part of the evolution to the Economic Mobility Road Map (EcRM), which addresses the overall question of why we invest in problem-solving to overcome roadblocks and barriers that prevent households from achieving economic self-

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Place Matters

The opportunity for a good life begins in our families, schools, and jobs. And it begins in our neighborhoods. To help ensure sustainable change, United Way of Forsyth County has launched Place Matters – an innovative, asset-based strategy to focus investments on interconnected solutions within 13 neighborhoods within Winston-Salem.

With our key partner Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods we are able to convene community stakeholders—residents, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and business and education leaders—in an inclusive approach focused on sustainable change in the priority areas of Housing, Education, Healthy Living, and Employment.

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Our Initiatives

United Way of Forsyth County provides backbone support to initiatives such as The Forsyth Promise, Housing Matters, The Partnership for Prosperity.

These initiatives are focused on cradle-to-career education success, homelessness, and poverty. United Way serves as the vital backbone organization for these innovative and collective efforts. We’re proud to provide some of the financial and staff support that helps sustain these key initiatives.

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