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The Beginning of United Way

1887 - In Denver, Colorado, a woman, priest, a rabbi and two ministers funded the Charity Organization Society, the first United Way. This organization planned and coordinated local services and conducted a single fundraising campaign for nearly two dozen organizations.

1888 - The first United Way campaign in Denver raised $21,700.

Local Start

1940 - Community Chestof Idaho Falls organizized by E.F. McDermott, to coordinate multiple fundraising activities in Idaho Falls. Fundaising goal $13,505.

1954 - Name changed to Community Chest of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Inc. V.E. Mullin elected president, reorganized method of operation to one more representative of donors, rather than supported agenices. Fundraising goal $85,000.

1976 - Mane of organization legally changed to United Way of Idaho Falls and Boneville County, Inc.(UWIFBC), to conform with other organizations throughout the Unied States. First full-time exective director joined the non-profit.

1987 - The UWIFBC supported 28 non-profit agencies. The 1987 campaign total was $793,000.

1990 - Golden Anniversary Celebration. The campaign raised in excess of $1 million dollars. The number of agenices supported grew to 31 non-profits.

1994 - The number of agenices supported by UWIFBC grew to 37 non-profits.

2011 - United Way of Upper Valley is absorbed into United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County. The new service area grew to seven counties, Bonneville ,Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton.

2018 - The UWIFBC conducted Communtiy Conversations in the seven counties to help create a more accurate snapshot of communtiy needs in each respective county in Eastern Idaho.

2019 - The UWIFBC shifted to Community Impact. Funding organizations that

Statement of Principle

More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded United Way crossed cultural, religious, and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diviersity and inclusion remain vital to acheiving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good.

United Way fosters and promotes inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so that we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including realities, backgroud, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions and the communtiy ownership necessary to address comples community issues.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Mission Statement

Improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.



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