United Way of Central Minnesota got its start in 1967 when it was incorporated as United Fund: St. Cloud Area.
The volunteer-run United Fund supported 15 local agencies and raised $252,000, 23 percent more than their goal that first year. The enthusiasm of the community was encouraging to the new board of directors.
The next few years were a time of learning and growth as volunteers scheduled the campaign, set realistic goals, recruited volunteer leadership, and kept the community informed. By 1971, The United Fund included 20 agencies and fundraising goals had increased to $339,000.
Increased donations in the 1980s and 1990s enabled United Way of St. Cloud Area to provide more services to meet the needs of Central Minnesota families. In 2000, we became United Way of Central Minnesota to reflect our growing responsibility.
Currently, we support five key areas that best address the issues facing Central Minnesota: Early Learning, Quality Out of School Time, Homelessness, Financial Security, and Access to Food.
United Way has grown into more than just a fundraising organization. United Way of Central Minnesota is a leader in our community in identifying community concerns and bringing people and resources together to best meet changing needs.
We work together with our volunteers, area businesses, governments, and nonprofits to provide services that help families in Central Minnesota and improve lives.