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This website and the equity framework were made possible thanks to the generous donation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This website draws from content, tools, and resources from the Equity Framework and Toolkit, to help United Ways on their journey to become more equitable organizations and to advance changes that close persistent disparities experienced by historically disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities. 

Building elements

Equity Framework


United Way Worldwide would like to thank members of United Way’s Equity Advisory Committee, who supported the development of this framework. Committee members represented local United Ways and national organizations. The Equity Advisory Committee was created to inform the framing, strategies, and examples that are included throughout the document. This framework would not have been possible without their many contributions.


Equity Advisory Committee

Abbie Gilbert, Corporate Strategy Lead, Population Health, Humana
Andrew Plumely, Associate Director, Equity in the Center
Angelique Montgomery, Program Coordinator, Data & Research, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Black Man Leading

Anita Cozart, former Managing Director, PolicyLink
Annie Holmes, Chief Equity Officer, Council of Chief State School Officers
Art Lujan, Special Assistant to the President, North American Building Trades Union
Ashley Douglas, Director of Community Health & Wellness, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Bayard Love, Trainer/Community Organizer, National Racial Equity Institute
Bonnie Howard, Director, Equity and Inclusion, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bridget Healy, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Washtenaw County
Chris Sargent, President & CEO, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
Cynthia Parker, Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change
Daryle Unseld, Chief Equity Officer, Metro United Way
Deborah McKetty, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greenville County
Doug Linkhart, President, The National Civic League


Ebony White, Senior Program Manager, Racial Wealth Divide, Prosperity Now
Elizabeth Carrillo, Program Manager, Unidos US
Franklyn Baker, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland

Ira Murray, President & CEO, United Way of the Capital Area
Jayant Kairam, Director of Program Strategy, National Association of Counties
Ji Im, Senior Director, Community and Population Health, Dignity Health
Julie Russell, former Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Kadie Peters, Vice President of Community Impact Strategy & Resource Development, United Way of Central Alabama
Kate Kingery, Deputy Director, Community Transformation, County Health Ranking & Roadmaps
Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Central Carolinas
Keisha Frost, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Santa Cruz County
Kellie Cartwright, Director, Community Impact, United Way of Central Carolinas
Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center
Laurie George, President & CEO, United Way of Palm Beach County

Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity and Leadership, The National League of Cities

Group 4

Lileen Shannon, Manager, Higher Education, United Way of the Bay Area
Milton Little, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta
Michael Williamson, President and CEO, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Olivia Jefferson, Director, Equity & Holistic Grantmaking, Greater Twin Cities United Way

Rachel Delcau, Community Impact Director, Heart of Missouri United Way
Rosie Allen-Herring, President & CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area
Rodney Prunty, President & CEO, United Way of Central New Mexico
Sana Chehimi, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Prevention Institute
Sandy Monck, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Central Maryland
Sara Levin, Vice President, Community Services, United Way of King County
Soma Stout, former Executive Lead/Vice President, One Hundred Million Healthier Lives and Institute for Healthcare

Tamiya Aurel, Senior Director, Human Resources, United Way of Metro Chicago
Todd Battiste, former Senior Vice President Community Impact-Education United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Verjeana Jacobs, Chief Equity and Member Services Officer, National School Boards Association
Yvonne Zuidema, President & CEO, United Way of Passaic County


Equity Toolkit


The production and refinement of Living United: A Guide to Becoming a More Equitable Organization was an enormous undertaking. The United Way Worldwide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team relied on the knowledge, perspective and leadership of the following organizations and individuals.


We are deeply grateful to the following Interaction Institute for Social Change staff for their partnership, insight and expertise.

Cynthia Silva Parker, Senior Associate
Miriam Messinger, Director of Practice
Glenn Johnson, Affiliate Trainer/Coach/Project Manager


We also relied on the expertise and insight of United Way network
leaders to build and strengthen this toolkit. Thank you to the many
equity champions who contributed to this resource.
United Way Worldwide is grateful to the Annie E. Casey Foundation
for their investment, support and encouragement in advancing racial
equity in the United Way network.

Thanks also to the following institutions, organizations and individuals who have
allowed us to reprint their materials in this toolkit:
• Equity in the Center and ProInspire
• Hannah Thomas, SumOfUs.org and Anna Hirsch, ActivistEditor.com.
• Interaction Institute for Social Change
• OD Network
• Race Forward
• Race Matters Institute/Just Partners
• Rosemarie Roberts and Lee Anne Bell, Barnard College
• Social Transformation Project
• Up Your Service