Become a Certified Nonprofit

United Way Nonprofit Certification

As a United Way certified partner, you can be more effective, transparent and make a greater impact on the lives of those you serve. Certification gives donors the confidence to give to nonprofit organizations without hesitation, knowing we have the community’s best interest in mind.

The 2023 nonprofit certification process is currently OPEN*.

*Important Note: If you were certified with United Way California Capital Region in the 2022 Campaign season, you will automatically be applied for Certification in the 2023 Campaign year. This does not guarantee Certification approval however, as that still depends on your organization’s good-standing with the IRS and CA Department of Justice.

To verify if your nonprofit was Certified in 2022, please visit our Certified Nonprofit Directory

If you were not Certified in 2022 and would like to apply your nonprofit to be Certified for 2023, please fill out the webform below.

Certified Partner Benefits

  • A nonprofit listing on the United Way website with a link to your website, logo and more information to help garner donations.
  • Your nonprofit will be listed on our annual pledge form distributed to more than 300 companies.
  • Opportunity to participate in our Nonprofit Outreach Program
  • We’ll share your story on social media.
  • We’ll mention your nonprofit at employer site visits
  • You’ll receive a monthly nonprofit newsletter with the latest opportunities and more

We know the certification process is strenuous. Thank you for taking the time to ensure our mutual donors’ dollars are being used as effectively as possible.


Contact Benjamin Acedo at [email protected] or (916) 856-3938. Due to a high volume of interest, email questions for a faster response.

PLEASE NOTE that United Way is no longer acting as a federation for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). If you are interested in being certified for the CFC campaign, you should complete their application located at

Which of the following five counties does your nonprofit operate in?(Required)
Which type of service(s) does your nonprofit provide?
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