History

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 Chest of Idaho Falls organized by E.F. McDermott, to coordinate multiple fundraising activities in Idaho Falls. Fundraising 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 agencies. Fundraising goal $85,000.

1976 - Name of organization legally changed to United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Inc.(UWIFBC), to conform with other organizations throughout the United States. First full-time executive 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 agencies supported grew to 31 non-profits.

1994 - The number of agencies 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 Community Conversations in the seven counties to help create a more accurate snapshot of community needs in each respective county in Eastern Idaho.

2019 - The UWIFBC shifted to Community Impact Model. The primary objective of this model is create a healthier region by supporting non-profits and programs that positively impact priority need and urgent issues in the Health, Education and Financial Stability areas.