Our Work

We strategically fund programs, support collaborations, convene experts, advocate for change and foster new and needed community services to address the issues based on best practices. We work tirelessly to provide quality health and human services for our community and measure the results to ensure we are making a difference.

How We Work

We’re committed to improving lives. But we can’t do it alone... what this place needs is YOU! Donors, advocates and volunteers like you are helping every day to advance the quality of life for thousands of individuals and the region as a whole.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana serves seven parishes including Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington.  Founded in 1924 as the Community Chest of New Orleans, we are one of the oldest United Ways in the country.  Through generous donations we are able to support 113 vital programs in Southeast Louisiana that helped people over 480,000 times in our region. Our approach is making our community a better place. From raising families out of poverty through financial education, to uplifting the spirits of cancer patients through support systems, to giving children a brighter future by raising early learning standards, our work is making a difference.  Won’t you help?  You can give. You can advocate. You can volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

United Way Today


To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another in order to create a stronger community for all


  • Community Focused
  • Quality Driven
  • Innovative
  • Trustworthy

STRATEGIC GOALS: 2014 through 2017


  • Identify & Act on BIG Issue end goals & outcomes

  • 80% of funds raised are Mission Focused 

  • Unrestricted or Targeted to BIG Issue work


  • Minimum of 3 funding partners on the BIG Issue

  • Campaign participation rate increases to 40%

  • Each year, 10 net new accounts run campaigns

  • 10% increase in Tocqueville Society membership


  • Increase gross campaign revenue by $3 Million

  • Increase state & national grant funding by $750,000

  • Increase new account revenue by 50%

Operational Excellence

  • 10% of operating budget dedicated to ‘Tell the Story’

  • Social Media engagement increases by 15%

  • Financial Modeling supports 3-year rolling projections

  • Lean & green operational savings of $20,000/year

  • Minimum of 2 internal processes streamlined/year

  • Staff performance got tied to organizational objectives


To propel our bold new vision, United Way of Southeast Louisiana will

INVEST in programs and collaborations focused on poverty

INFORM others with data and innovative practices so they can accelerate their own impact

INSPIRE others to adopt our vision

INITIATE new collaborations where they are needed most 

You can give. You can advocate. You can volunteer. You can connect.

Intersted in volunteering with United Way?  Visit our United Way HandsOn Volunteer Center.