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Shared definition & vision of equity

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of this work is a shared definition of equity for the United Way network in the United States. To assist in the development of this Equity Framework and create a shared definition of equity, United Way Worldwide convened a national Equity Advisory Committee that included local United Way representatives and national partner organizations with significant experiences and perspectives related to addressing equity. The definition and vision below are to appear in tandem and form the foundation for the rest of the Equity Framework. They jointly emphasize the importance of focusing on systems change, an acknowledgment of how our shared history has contributed to present-day realities, and the positive role the United Way network can play in creating a more equitable society.

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United Way’s Equity Vision

“We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle. Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.”

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United Way’s Equity Definition

“Equity is the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.”