1923-2013: Nine Decades Creating Stronger, Healthier, More Compassionate Communities



1923: United Way California Capital Region was founded as Sacramento Community Chest. Nineteen nonprofits created one campaign, raising $217,000.

1952: The nonprofit joined other groups to become Sacramento Area United Crusade. Ford Motor Company began offering payroll deduction for giving – a turning point.

1973: The group became United Way Sacramento Area – part of a national effort to unify community funds with one name while maintaining local autonomy and accountability.

1998: The nonprofit became United Way California Capital Region and celebrated its 75th anniversary.

2002: United Way moved to its Community Impact model, forming United Way projects that lead innovative solutions for the community’s most pressing issues.

Fundraising Facts

United Way has raised $500 million for the local community since 1923.

We partner with 450 employers in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to offer payroll deduction for charitable giving.

Working with Local Nonprofits

We partner with 148 local nonprofits. Six of the 19 original nonprofits are still affiliated with us: American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter, Catholic Social Service of Sacramento, Sacramento Children’s Home, Stanford Youth Solutions, Salvation Army Sacramento County and Travelers Aid.

We also lead three projects with help from some of these nonprofit partners:

STAR Readers

• Kids learn to read at grade level by 4th grade so they will graduate high school.
• 59% are rapidly progressing toward proficiency.


• Adults and foster youth learn financial literacy so they can become self-sufficient.
• 93% of adults, 92% of foster youth have increased financial management skills.
• 77% of adults, 91% of foster youth have reduced their financial vulnerability.

Fit Kids

• Children learn to fight obesity through nutrition and exercise.
• 95% have increased their knowledge of healthy eating and physical activity.
• 86% have improved their scores on the Fitnessgram.