The United Way of America is announcing at its annual meeting in Baltimore today that “it will direct its giving toward ambitious 10-year goals that would cut in half the high school dropout rate and the number of working families struggling financially.”

According to an article by Philip Rucker in The Washington Post:

The nonprofit organization also wants to increase by one-third the number of youths and adults considered healthy. The announcement comes as it releases a report detailing a precipitous decline in key education, personal finance and health indicators.

The United Way of America has already joined with Corporate Voices for Working Families the Forum for Youth Investment and other national organizations to launch the Ready by 21 Challenge. This initiative, simply stated, challenges states and local communities to improve the odds that young people will be successful in school, on the job and throughout life.

Rucker writes in The Washington Post article that “today they [United Way of America] will pledge to spend the money raised in the next 10 years to support programs directly related to education, income and health care.” The article continues:

The United Way is the largest U.S. nonprofit organization, with about 1,300 affiliates that collectively raise more than $4 billion a year through workplace campaigns and other private donations. By harnessing its giving power, the United Way is trying to reignite a social movement of the philanthropic, government and corporate sectors to improve conditions for working families.

by Rob Jewell