Over a Decade of Progress in Our Fight to End Poverty

The A-to-Z Supplemental Guidebook

Find every United Way of Greater Los Angeles program and published report from the last decade in our handy A-to-Z Guide.

The A-G Story 2006
United Way interviewed individuals who participated in a countywide coalition for education equity in 2006. Participants shared their experiences and recalled factors that contributed to the success of their efforts, helping to educate other leaders and organizations. (View Report)

The Action Plan to End Chronic and Veteran Homelessness by 2016
In 2010, United Way launched its initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County by 2016. The first report outlined the need, goals and strategies for the plan. Updated reports in 2012 and 2015 reported on its progress and continued goals.

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Creating Pathways Out of Poverty: Investing in a Healthy Community - 2009
United Way released an overview of our mission and goals, including our ten year plan for Creating Pathways Out of Poverty (View Report)

Creating Pathways to Graduation: What’s Working - 2010 
United Way profiled four Los Angeles middle schools as a model for improvements on middle school education.  (View Report)

The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County - 2004
United Way conducted a report that studies the Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups within L.A. County. The study illustrates the individual challenges of specific groups, while acknowledging the common issues that people from Asian and Pacific Island cultures experience in our communities.  (View Report)

    EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit)
    The EITC is a tax benefit for working people who earn lower or moderate incomes: it offsets taxes, supplements very low wages and encourages work. United Way helps households in L.A. County to apply for the credit through the VITA tax assistance program. 

    E4E (Educators for Excellence)
    E4E is a United Way partner organization that has built a movement of advocates within, and beyond, classroom walls. United Way has been a partner of Educators 4 Excellence since its conception in 2012, providing financial support and working with E4E to launch the CLASS coalition. 

    Education Summit, 2011, 2013
    Partnering with key leaders in government, education and business, United Way of Greater Los Angeles convened and explored critical issues in our commitment to excellence and equity in education in LAUSD.

    EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program)
    As an administrator of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, United Way of Greater Los Angeles helps local social service to provide food and shelter to our most vulnerable neighbors. 

    Emerging Leaders
    Emerging Leaders is a United Way philanthropic network of young professionals who are dedicated to developing leadership skills and connecting with other influential members. 

    EAF (Energy Assistance Fund)
    EAF is a joint initiative between United Way and Southern California Edison that provides one-time utility bill assistance to customers who are experiencing difficult life events. 

    Energy Pathways Program: A Model For Success - 2010
    United Way conducted a review of South Bay’s Energy Pathways Program as an example of a successful cross-sector collaboration for job training.  (View Report)

    “Equity in A-G” Resolution
    In 2005, United Way began an ongoing effort to ensure that LAUSD students graduate prepared for college or a career. In 2015, we helped pass the “Equity in A-G” resolution, which ensures equitable access to more rigorous coursework while offering more resources and support staff to students.

    Everyone In
    In 2018, United Way gathered a diverse coalition of nonprofits, community leaders and donors to build a community engagement campaign to end homelessness. Everyone In is driving the conversation about permanent solutions to homelessness and activating tens of thousands of people to advocate for real housing solutions in their neighborhoods.

    Fall Into Literacy 
    Since 2010, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Valero Refinery have hosted an annual free family event to celebrate and improve literacy. The event includes a book fair, entertainment, educational activities and resources for children and parents.

    Fire Relief Fundraiser
    As part of our 2018 wildfire relief efforts, United Way partnered with The Los Angeles Rams to hold a 12-hour multi-platform Fire Relief Fundraiser broadcast on CBS 2 and KCAL 9. The event raised over $1M for the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund which provides relief for low-income neighbors by the fires.

    Free Tax Prep LA
    Free Tax Prep LA is coalition co-created by United Way that consists of government, businesses and local nonprofit organizations. It is committed to providing low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services and helping taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits, among other financial services.

    Funders Collaborative (Los Angeles Workforce Funders Collaborative)
    Established by United Way in 2007, The Funders Collaborative acts as a common table for leading policymakers and funders and align resources and networks to end homelessness. In an innovative model, the Collaborative invests private dollars to test and prove solutions that can be scaled and sustained through public funding. 

    GAF (Gas Assistance Fund)
    GAF is a joint initiative between United Way and SoCalGas that assists customers with paying one gas bill to maintain or restore service during the winter.

    HACademy (Homelessness Analysis Collaborative Academy)
    In 2017, United Way created the HACademy to build and train data leadership at the local level and advance their efforts to end homelessness. The initiative bolsters the skill sets of data leaders and equips them to develop reports that engage policymakers and the public.

    Helping Our Heroes: Creating a Pathway to Veteran Employment - 2012
    United Way examined the unique challenges that returning veterans faced in 2012, provided an overview of the existing veteran services landscape and recommended action steps.
    (View Report)

    Homelessness Policy Research Institute
    In 2017, United Way initiated a more rigorous, academic approach to housing solutions and gathered leading researchers to launch an institute that coordinates research and recommends policy change.

    Home For Good
    In 2010, United Way partnered with the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce to launch Home For Good: a cross-sector initiative to reverse the trajectory of the homelessness crisis and ensure homelessness in Los Angeles County becomes brief, rare and non-recurring. Home For Good has become the largest non-governmental response to homelessness in California and has helped secure housing for over 45,000 homeless neighbors. 

    Homeless Cost Study - 2009
     United Way examined the costs of homelessness and supportive housing and revealed that it is 43 percent less expensive to provide housing for our chronically homeless neighbors than if they remain on the streets.  (View Report)

    Homelessness Policy Research Institute
    In 2016, United Way gathered leading researchers to launch an institute that coordinates research and recommends policy change, with the goal of bringing a more rigorous, academic approach to housing solutions. 

    HomeWalk 5K Family Run/Walk
    Homewalk is United Way’s annual walk/run to raise money to end homelessness in L.A. County. Since its inception, HomeWalk has mobilized more than 100,000 participants and raised more than $8.6 million to end homelessness. It is now the largest public event in the nation to address homelessness.

    Inspirational Teacher Award
    The United Way of Greater Los Angeles Inspirational Teacher Award celebrates remarkable teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students and promotes the profession so that it continues to attract talent and impact our communities. 

    L.A. Homelessness Challenge
    In 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Watt Companies Inc. created the L.A. Homelessness Challenge, with administration from the Home For Good Funders Collaborative. The challenge invited individuals and organizations to submit proposals for innovative solutions to assist individuals experiencing homelessness in L.A. County. Five finalists pitched in front of a panel of judges, and two winners received $200,000 to implement their ideas.

    LA Youth Vote
    LA Youth Vote is a youth-led movement across LAUSD to mobilize high school students to build voter engagement and register eligible peers to vote in California’s elections. Since United Way began the program in 2016, we have registered over 5,000 high school students to vote.

    Latino Scorecard
    In 2003, United Way brought together five academic research teams to study the conditions that Latinos in Los Angeles experience. The study examined five key aspects: Education, Economic Development, Health, Housing and Public Safety. In 2006, United Way released another Scorecard that reported on changes since 2003. 
    Latino Scorecard Grading the American Dream - 2003
    Latino Scorecard Road to Action - 2006

    LAUSD Report Card 2010
    In 2010, United Way created a set of “Report Cards” for LAUSD schools that informed parents about their children’s education and school performance. 
    School Report Card - Elementary School
    School Report Card - Middle School
    School Report Card - High School

    Lead Work-Based Learning Intermediary for Los Angeles Unified Linked Learning
    United Way serves as the lead work-based learning intermediary to LAUSD, providing oversight and support to other intermediaries: AltaMed, Communities in Schools (through January 2016), International Trade Education Programs, and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce. The Work Based Learning system’s goals are to serve as many students as possible every school year in the most compelling and engaging ways, across a full continuum of experiences. 

    Leadership Matters
    United Way collaborated with the California League of Middle Schools to create Leadership Matters, a professional development program for middle school principals.

    Leadership Society
    United Way’s Leadership Society is a group of philanthropic leaders that lend their passion and skills to support United Way’s mission to end poverty in Los Angeles County. They provide funding to United Way and join with other members in volunteer opportunities.

    LARCLL (Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning)
    The Linked Learning coalition—established with the James Irvine Foundation in 2009—connects educators, employers and the government to help create a system of linkages for students to move fluidly from high school into college and careers. The coalition works on a private and public level to integrate coursework around career pathways, provide rigorous high school instruction and offer workplace learning experiences. 

    LARCLL AB 705
    In 2017, LARCLL successfully advocated for the passage of a mandate that community colleges use multiple measures to determine placements in college-level courses. AB 705 helps to prevent students from languishing in non-credit courses and to increase their velocity towards college completion.

    LARCLL Community College Presidents’ Summit
    In 2016, LARCLL co-hosted a summit with Pasadena City College, connecting the presidents and executive staff of 13 colleges to improve our colleges.

    Linked Learning Reports 
    In 2014 and 2017, United Way conducted reports to help identify industry sectors with significant regional and national workforce needs and to provide target guidance for Linked Learning districts and academies. 

    Local Control Funding Reports
    Since 2015, United Way, the CLASS Coalition and researchers at UC Berkeley have published  annual Report Cards that monitor LAUSD’s allocation of its budget. Thanks in part to this accountability, Los Angeles allocates additional resources to schools with more low-income, English learner and foster youth students. 
    Local Control Funding Formula Community Report Card - 2015
    Progress and Inequality as LAUSD Implements Local Control Funding - 2016
    Incremental Progress Towards Equity - 2017 Progress in Los Angeles Schools—Rigor, Fairness, and Engaging Families 2018

    Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning Evaluation Report - 2018 
    In 2018, United Way commissioned an evaluation that documented and informed stakeholders of the Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning’s successes and challenges.   (View Report)

    Los Angeles Workforce Funders Collaborative Sustainability Assessment - 2013 
    United Way assessed key questions and concerns about how the Los Angeles Workforce Funders Collaborative would focus and sustain its work in 2013 and beyond.  (View Report)

    The Korean American Federation of Los Angeles Angel Award
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles received the 2018 Angel Award—the highest honor from the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles—for outstanding service and commitment to end homelessness and for spearheading the One Heart, Two Loves campaign that serves neighbors in Los Angeles County and Korea.

    Made in America
    In 2014, Budweiser, Jay Z and Live Nation joined United Way at the Budweiser Made in America Festival. The performances helped raise money for United Way of Greater Los Angeles to improve lives and strengthen local communities in Los Angeles County. 

    Measure H
    In 2017, United Way successfully championed a countywide ballot to fund housing services. The Measure will lead to housing for 45,000 homeless neighbors and the prevention of 30,000 low-income neighbors from becoming homeless. Already, over 10,000 neighbors have secured permanent housing and over 6,000 low-income neighbors have been prevented from becoming homeless.

    Motheread 
    Motheread is a parent engagement program created by United Way that empowers parents to support their child’s grade-level reading through workshops, individual assignments and engagement opportunities. 

    Mullin-Miller Million Dollar Match Fund
    In 2009, Chuck Miller and Peter Mullin created a generous fund to raise money for United Way’s Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan.

    One Heart Two Loves
    In 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles worked with the Community Chest of Korea—the United Way in Korea—on the One Heart Two Loves campaign. The fundraising initiative made it possible for Korean-American donors to support vulnerable neighbors in L.A. and Korea with one gift. 

    Parent Engagement Toolkit
    United Way’s Parent Engagement Toolkit is a resource that equips parents to understand and advocate for their children’s education and their path towards college and career.

    Parents as Partners - 2014
    United Way conducted a report to inform LAUSD of the opportunities to improve parent engagement and to establish priorities for Local Control Funding Formula Dollars.  (View Report)

    A Profile of L.A.’s Poor in Turbulent Times - 2009
    During the 2009 economic downturn, United Way released a brief that studied aspects of Extreme Poverty, Unemployment/Job Market and Housing in Los Angeles. It also proposed strategies to fight poverty in the region or our chronically homeless neighbors than if they remain on the streets.  (View Report)

    Quality of Life In Los Angeles: 2007 State of the County Report - 2007
    United Way conducted a “community report card” in 2017 which assessed how well Los Angeles County was doing at providing a good quality of life for its residents.  (View Report)

    Seizing the Middle Ground - 2007
    In 2007, United Way conducted a report that revealed a “missing middle” in LAUSD’s schools: vulnerable students were dropping out of middle school, and those that struggled through middle school were likely to dropout of high school.   (View Report)

    The State of Black Los Angeles - 2005
    United Way and Los Angeles Urban League conducted a regional report inspired by the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America report. The L.A. report studied the degree to which our black community members experience equal conditions compared with groups of other ethnicities.  (View Report)

    The State of Women In Los Angeles County
    The first of United Way’s State of Women in Los Angeles County reports reviewed critical trends in life conditions and applied actual population ratios on a level that supposed that Los Angeles was a village with 100 women. The following 2016 report accounted for victories since 2007, and looked at the substantial hardships that impede women’s economic success in our region.
    State of Women in Los Angeles County - 2007
    The State of Women in Los Angeles County Report - 2016

    A Tale of Two Cities One Future - 2010
    In 2010, United Way released a ten year review that documented the disparities between the wealthy and low income populations in Los Angeles and proposed strategies for a better future.  (View Report)

    Teacher Quality Roadmap - 2011
    At the request of United Way, in 2011 the National Council on Teacher Quality analyzed teacher policies that could improve the quality of the teaching force in LAUSD.  (View Report)

    Tocqueville Society
    Founded in 1984, United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s Tocqueville Society is a group of philanthropic leaders that make exceptional contributions to United Way and our mission to end poverty in Los Angeles County.  

    United State of Women Summit
    In 2016 and 2018, United Way of Greater Los Angeles co-hosted the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles. Each summit gathers powerful women leaders who are breaking barriers—including First Lady Michelle Obama, actress and activist Jane Fonda, and #MeToo Movement founder Taran Burke—to speak to the issues women face in our communities and inspire change. 

    Veterans Summit with Michelle Obama
    In 2014, Michelle Obama joined United Way of Greater Los Angeles at our United for Veterans Summit. The First Lady helped us to gather and activate the community and called on local leaders to create solutions for our veterans experiencing unemployment and homelessness.

    VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
    VITA, a yearly program that United Way helps to administer, empowers vulnerable individuals and families to file their taxes for free and receive credits such as the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Cal EITC and Child Tax Credit. 

    Voices for Change Public School Choice 3.0 - 2012
    In 2012, United Way conducted a list of community members’ top principles and priorities for campuses. The information was shared with applicants to LAUSD’s Public School Choice program to inform their proposals and to the District Superintendent to inform his final decision.  (View Report)

    Women United
    Women United is United Way’s global, growing philanthropic leadership group of more than 70,000 women. In addition to providing funding to United Way of Greater Los Angeles, local Women United members participate in initiatives to end poverty in our communities.

    Women’s March Breakfast
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Women United hosts a breakfast rally prior the annual Women’s March in Los Angeles. Attendees hear from influential female leaders and prepare for the march with poster- and button-making stations.

    YCLP (Young Civic Leaders Program)
    United Way’s YCLP is leadership development program that engages high school students to participate in social justice and project-based advocacy work, as well as to develop skills for their futures. Young Civic Leaders participate in initiatives like the LA Youth Vote and student-led LAUSD Candidate Forums..

    YCLP Candidate Forums
    Since 2013, United Way’s Young Civic Leaders have created, led and moderated numerous School Board Candidate Forums where they exchange views and assert their priorities to LAUSD candidates running for election.

    Impact Index

    Impact Index

    The A-G Story - 2006
    Ace Benefit Concert
    The Action Plan to End Chronic and Veteran Homelessness by 2016
    Business Leaders Task Force
    Cal EITC (California Earned Income Tax Credit)
    Carol Jackson Legacy Fund 
    Centralized Training Academy
    CES (Coordinated Entry System)
    Citi Grant Award
    CLASS (Communities for Los Angeles Student Success)
    CLASS’ “Close the Gap” Resolution
    CPOP (Creating Pathways Out of Poverty)
    Creating Pathways Out of Poverty: Investing in a Healthy Community - 2009
    Creating Pathways to Graduation: What’s Working - 2010
    The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County - 2004
    EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit)
    Education Summit 2011, 2013
    E4E (Educators 4 Excellence)
    EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program)
    Emerging Leaders
    EAF (Energy Assistance Fund)
    Energy Pathways Program: A Model For Success - 2010 
    “Equity in A-G” Resolution
    Everyone In
    Fall Into Literacy
    Fire Relief Fundraiser 
    Free Tax Prep LA
    Funders Collaborative (Los Angeles Workforce Funders Collaborative)
    GAF (Gas Assistance Fund)
    HACademy (Homelessness Analysis Collaborative Academy)
    Helping Our Heroes: Creating a Pathway to Veteran Employment - 2012
    Home for Good 
    Homeless Cost Study - 2009
    Homelessness Policy Research Institute
    HomeWalk 5K Family Run/Walk
    Inspirational Teacher Award
    L.A. Homelessness Challenge
    LA Youth Vote 
    Latino Scorecard
    Lead Work-Based Learning Intermediary for Los Angeles Unified Linked Learning
    Leadership Matters
    Leadership Society
    LARCLL (Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning) 
    - AB 705 
    - Community College Presidents’ Summit
    Linked Learning Reports
    LAUSD Report Card 2010
    Local Control Funding Reports
    Los Angeles Regional Coalition for Linked Learning Evaluation Report - 2018
    Los Angeles Workforce Funders Collaborative Sustainability Assessment - 2013
    The Korean American Federation of Los Angeles Angel Award
    Made in America
    Measure H
    Motheread
    Mullin-Miller Million Dollar Match Fund
    One Heart Two Loves
    Parent Engagement Toolkit
    Parents as Partners - 2014
    A Profile of L.A.’s Poor in Turbulent Times - 2009
    Proposition HHH 
    Prop HHH and Measure H dashboards
    Public School Choice Resolution
    Quality of Life In Los Angeles: 2007 State of the County Report - 2007
    Read Across America
    Seizing the Middle Ground - 2007
    The State of Black Los Angeles - 2005
    The State of Women In Los Angeles County
    Southern California Wildfire and Mudslide Relief Fund
    Southern California Disaster Relief Fund
    Stamp Out Hunger
    SHARE (Subsidized Housing Assistance Relief for Energy)
    A Tale of Two Cities One Future - 2010
    Teacher Quality Roadmap - 2011
    Tocqueville Society
    United State of Women Summit 
    Veterans Summit with Michelle Obama 
    VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
    Voices for Change Public School Choice 3.0 - 2012
    Women’s March Breakfast
    Women United
    YCLP (Youth Civic Leaders Program)
    YCLP Candidate Forums