Who is United Way California Capital Region; how are you related
to United Way Worldwide?
United Way California Capital Region was established in 1923 and
is a nonprofit serving Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and
Yolo counties. United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support
organization for nearly 1,800 local United Ways in 40 countries
around the globe, including our United Way. We are a separately
incorporated affiliate with our own CEO and Board of Directors.
What does United Way California Capital Region do?
For nearly 100 years, United Way has faced our region’s deepest
and most urgent needs by bringing people together to build
stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities. As we
face a pandemic, economic downturn, deep roots of racial
inequality and poverty, the need for our time-tested expertise in
bringing people together is needed now more than ever.
What is the Square One Project?
Ending poor health, high unemployment, racial inequality and
poverty starts in school. School is square one for reaching all
families and ensuring children are healthy and successful.
In 2016, we launched our Square One
Project, a 20-year commitment to significantly reduce poverty
by increasing the number of kids who graduate from high school
ready for college or career through our Building Blocks for
Success: Keeping Kids in School, Keeping Kids on Track, Setting
High Expectations and Ensuring Strong Support. As the backbone of
the project, we connect and coordinate community partners to
align services and resources toward our shared vision of ending
poverty through education.
How did you develop the Square One Project?
We wanted to create lasting change and implement a collective
impact model that focuses on providing support from cradle to
career. We spoke to other United Ways, held community meetings
and spoke to our donors, volunteers and partners. Based on
research, discussions and our desire to lead change, the Square
One Project was developed.
How is United Way helping with the COVID-19 pandemic?
When the pandemic hit, we immediately created the United Way
California Capital Region COVID-19 Local
Relief Fund. We partnered with 11 nonprofits across our
five-county region to identify low-income families whose lives
were disrupted by the outbreak and ensure they received the help
they needed. We also partnered with Donate4Sacramento
– all dollars donated to the Support Families area were
distributed to Sacramento families through our fund. The fund
closed at the end of June after raising $550,000 that provided
more than 1,100 families with a one-time $500 distribution to
help with rent, bills and basic needs. The structure of the fund
remains in place in case of a second wave of need.
How is United Way addressing racial inequality in our region?
People across the country are expressing outrage over the
killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony
McDade and too many more. Our United Way shares these feelings of
sadness and outrage toward racial violence and injustice. We are
committed to building stronger, healthier and more compassionate
communities and must channel our justifiable outrage to
collaborative action. We must stand united
Our United Way has been working toward a more equitable country
that we can be proud to leave for future generations. We also
have a long way to go to dismantle the systems and structures
that contribute to the vast inequities we experience as a nation
and region. The cost of the health and well-being of those
communities that have the least and struggle the most is both
incalculable and unacceptable. We are harnessing our greatest
strength at United Way – our ability to work collaboratively with
the entire community, from local elected leaders to school
districts, parents, families, volunteers and donors – to address
the region’s most pressing needs. Together, we can achieve
sustainable change that will help move families from crisis to
thriving and to ensure a more just and equitable
Why should I support UWCCR?
Our Square One Project is transforming
our community and ending poverty in our region, but we cannot do
it alone. We connect local nonprofits, schools, government,
companies, volunteers, donors and more to create lasting change.
Our community now faces new and deepening hurdles, which changes
some of our work. We need more people to join our movement to
tackle tough questions, address root issues and create
large-scale solutions that end poverty and make our region
stronger, healthier and more compassionate – starting with our
How can I support UWCCR?
There are multiple ways to get involved.
Donate directly to UWCCR and support
our Square One Project.
- Participate in your workplace giving
campaign and support your favorite nonprofit, whether or not
it’s one of our certified nonprofit partners. Our only
requirement is that it is a tax-exempt 501c3 organization in the
- Join our action group Women
United or Young
Volunteer for a
one-time project or an ongoing opportunity!
We also offer payroll deduction which provides you the option of
giving a predetermined amount from your paycheck instead of a
one-time donation. This way you provide consistent support to
your favorite nonprofit organization.
Which local companies support United Way?
More than 300 local private and public sector organizations support
us through workplace giving campaigns.
Additionally, we manage the Our Promise: California State
Employees Giving at Work initiative.
What happens if I feel forced to give through my workplace
Giving is a very personal decision and no form of coercion is
acceptable. If you felt coerced during a workplace giving
campaign, please contact us.
Why should I give through UWCCR and not directly to my favorite
By giving through United Way, you save your favorite nonprofit
the cost associated with fundraising.
Does UWCCR charge a fee for giving to the nonprofit of my choice?
We deduct a small amount (usually about 15%) from a gift before
passing it on to a designated nonprofit to cover our
What is United Way’s overhead?
Our current overhead is 19.23%. We are well within the range
organizations like the Better Business Bureau say is
Who is the President of United Way California Capital Region?
Our President and CEO is Stephanie Bray. Stephanie is a nonprofit
professional with more than 25 years of experience in fund
development and volunteer management for local, regional and
national organizations. Prior to joining UWCCR, she was Executive
Director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, a
supporting organization for San Francisco General Hospital and
Trauma Center. Stephanie also served as Assistant Dean for Health
Sciences Advancement at UC Davis Health System, overseeing
fundraising for the School of Medicine, The Medical Center, the
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and several other centers of
medical excellence on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus.
She has served in fundraising leadership positions with the
American Cancer Society, UNCF/The College Fund, Learning Ally,
and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Stephanie is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University,
and was a participant in Harvard Business School’s Strategic
Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July 2012.
Do you have a board of directors?
Yes, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of
approximately 25 local community members.
How many staff members do you have?
On average, we have about 25-30 professionals on staff.
How is United Way associated with the NFL?
United Way Worldwide and the NFL have the longest running public
service advertising campaign and sports/charity partnership of
its kind. All NFL representatives appearing in United Way ads are
volunteers who receive no compensation. The NFL pays for
production costs and airtime. There is no cost to local United
Ways for the TV spots.
Can you provide me with medical, health or other types of
We do not provide direct services, but we can connect you to resources in the counties we serve
(Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo).
How can I get in touch with United Way California Capital Region?
Sacramento Headquarters Office
10389 Old Placerville Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 368-3000
Fax: (916) 368-3029
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Note: Office closed during COVID-19. All employees working
716 Main Street, Suite B
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 662-3633
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed Noon – 1
Note: Office closed during COVID-19. All employees working
Tax ID# or EIN: 94-1225382