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2012 10,000 eager participants braved the rain and gathered in Exposition Park for our Sixth Annual 5K Run/Walk to end homelessness. Kobe Bryant served as Honorary Chair for the second straight year and ABC7 Eyewitness News’ David Ono hosted the opening ceremony. Other notable guests included County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and other elected officials as well as military veterans and television actors Jon Huertas from “Castle” and Mark Valley from “Body of Proof.”
2012 Presented in partnership with the Downtown L.A. Art Walk, we hosted our first art exhibition on October 10th &11th entitled  “Faces of Homelessness”. The event showcased compelling works by artists who used their talent and passion to vividly portray the harsh realities of homelessness.
2012 Funders, government officials, and nonprofit partners joined the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, led by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, as it announces the allocation of $105 million for permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles County.
2012 Parents were celebrated at the Center at Cathedral Plaza for their participation in Public School Choice sessions for 25 low-performing schools at LASUD.
2012 At the end of the campaign year, we pay tribute to our leading corporate, civic and community partners at our 2012 Annual Philanthropy Awards ceremony. Almost 200 guests gather at the London West Hollywood Hotel as we saluted our most generous supporters for their passion and commitment to efforts to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all in L.A. County.
2012 Working side by side with LAUSD and several community-based organizations, United Way releases a Report on Key Principles and Priorities for LAUSD Schools.
2012 United Way and the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce celebrate the first anniversary of the Home For Good plan at The Home For Good Summit. They also publish a detailed report highlighting the year one achievements including the fact that the goals for the first year were surpassed. The report also outlines the priorities for year two.
2011 10,000 eager participants gather in Exposition Park for United Way’s fifth annual 5K Run/Walk to end homelessness. Kobe Bryant serves as Honorary Chair and Fox Eleven News’ Christine Devine hosts the opening ceremony.  HomeWalk 2011 proved to be the organization’s most high-profile event to date.
2011 United Way convenes civic and business leaders, advocates, parents, educators and researchers to discuss ways to ensure a quality education for all students in Los Angeles County.  Among the notable speakers are Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Secretary of State, Arne Duncan (who delivers the keynote address).
2010 Following up on its “Tale of Two Cities” report, United Way releases “A Tale of Two Cities, L.A. County 10 Years Later”, which measures the county’s progress over a decade. Nearly 300 civic and business leaders from across the county come together to discuss the findings of the report, and ways they can work together to improve the region’s quality of life.
2009 United Way unveils the findings from its “Homeless Cost Study”, uncovering the financial implications of living on the streets in Los Angeles and the social and economic benefits of permanent supportive housing programs.
2008 United Way launches “Seizing the Middle Ground: Why Middle School Creates the Pathway to College and the Workforce” to key educators, parents, community and business leaders and creates a collaborative road map for change.
2007 United Way launches a new ten-year action plan focusing on three action areas: meeting basic needs, improving educational achievement, and increasing financial stability.
2007 United Way announces the partners who will help create pathways out of poverty in Los Angeles County over the next three years.
2007 United Way launches “Quality of Life in Los Angeles: 2007 State of the County” report to an audience of 800 civic, business and community leaders in Los Angeles.
2006 “Latino Scorecard 2006″ summarizes conditions of Latinos in Los Angeles in five key areas: Education, Economic Development, Health, Housing and Public Safety.
2005 Elise Buik is named President and CEO of United Way, the first woman in history to hold this title.
2005 “The State of Black Los Angeles” report is released.
2004 “The Diverse Face of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County” outlines several policy recommendations to help ensure that support services continue.
2004 Release of “Literacy@Work,” a study for the Los Angeles Workforce Literacy Project on the state of worker literacy and its implications for the local economy.
2003 The Alexis de Tocqueville Society celebrates its 15th anniversary
2003 Latino Scorecard 2003: “Grading the American Dream.”
2002 “Tale of Two Cities” report reveals the gap between peril and promise for Los Angeles County’s working poor.
2001 United Way raises $66,000,000 in its 2000-01 campaign, including a $5,000,000 gift by Eli and Edythe Broad, the largest gift ever made to a United Way in California.
2001 United Way responds to the September 11, 2001 attacks by establishing an Emergency Response Fund, raising $1,028,103 to support victims in L.A. and nationwide.
1998 United Way takes action in order to aid Central Americans affected by Hurricane Mitch. Campaign raises $59,000,000.
1995 United Way headquarters moves to downtown Los Angeles. Joseph V. Haggerty is named new President of United Way Los Angeles.
1994 Special funding is granted to agencies in response to Northridge Earthquake.
1993 Donor choice program is implemented. Special funding is granted to agencies in response to brush fires.
1992 Strategic Action Plan is adopted. Special funding of agencies is granted in response to civil unrest. Recession and key industry downsizing hits.
1991 Strategic initiatives in HIV/AIDS and Adult Literacy adopted, linking fundraising and community problem solving.
1988 Antelope Valley Region established, covering northern Los Angeles and southeastern Kern Counties.
1987 Inauguration of local chapter of The Alexis de Tocqueville Society for individual donors of $10,000 or more. Campaign raises $82,830,000.
1981 United Way and Los Angeles County create Info Line, bringing together some 300 previously separate information and referral services.
1977 Nine major health organizations join the United Way Los Angeles campaign. Within five years, five additional health organizations join.
1971 United Way in Los Angeles decentralizes its operations, forming five regions within the county.
1964 United Way and American Red Cross form United Crusade, a campaign partnership to support services and programs at local charities.
1963 Consolidation of 33 (ultimately 37) community chests form the first “United Way” in Los Angeles.
1940 Formation of the Los Angeles War Chest into combined Community/Victory Chest Campaign.
1924 First Community Chest campaign in Los Angeles is created from the combined appeal of 166 agencies. $2,492,000 is raised by 168,000 citizens.
1893 Associated Charities formed in Los Angeles – 13 member agencies.
1854 First charity in Los Angeles: Hebrew Benevolent Society