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United Way of Alexander County’s History 

United Fund of Alexander County requested a determination letter in March 1972 as a 501©(3) non profit organization of the Internal Revenue Code. United Fund operated by volunteers that served as Board of Directors and had a part time staff for clerical duties. The part time staff worked very limited hours. Due to a large increase in demands for crisis assistance the Board of Directors unanimously decided to hire a full time Executive Director. The Board of Directors formed a Search Committee in 2000. The Committee hired their first Executive Director in August of 2000. The Executive Director has been the only staff.

September 14, 2006 United Fund of Alexander County was changed to United Way of Alexander County.

Today United Way has raised more money than any given year in history. United Way is a non profit organization that concentrates on how their campaigns will make Alexander County a better community to live and work.

For more information on the history of the United Way of America visit: http://www.unitedway.org/about/history.cfm

The origination of the first United Way began in 1887 when a Denver priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city's welfare problems. The Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J. O'Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. Over 120 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people's lives.

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