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United We Fight United We Win

The campus campaign benefiting the United Way of Douglas County is a long-standing tradition. Jayhawks coming together to assist our local community with volunteer hours and monetary resources.


A message from Interim CEO Peggy Johnson -

The United Way of Douglas County stands shoulder to shoulder with the students, staff, and faculty of KU in our fight against poverty and racial inequity. Our goal to ensure all people in the County can access the goods and services they need to succeed and reach their full potential. We are quick to acknowledge the substantial positive impact of KU students, staff, and faculty through their advocacy, volunteerism, and financial contributions.

As we transition from COVID "emergency" to "recovery," the United Way is there to help. We sponsor over 15 local organizations that provide food, including keeping the KU Campus Cupboard well-stocked, rent, utility assistance, shelter, and early care and education. In addition, our Mini-Grants sustain small-scale project ideas that promote racial equity, food security, and safe housing. 

United Way direct services are provided through our Volunteer Center and including Americorps and Housing and Human Services Resource Navigation. We link community and student volunteers with meaningful community projects. Recently we linked the KU football team to projects that benefited Seniors citizens and the Meals on Wheels program. We also collaborate with KU's Center for Community Outreach and the Students United forum. We were exceptionally proud to have received KU's "Community Partner Award for Excellence in Campus Collaboration" in 2020. 

The United Way responds directly to the challenges that our community faces. In 2021 we are a lean organization pouring our resources into the needs of the community and not administrative expenses. 

We urge you to support our work and, in turn, let our work support you and your neighbors.


2021 Campus Campaign Video

This video highlights what the United Way of Douglas County has been focusing on through the pandemic and how the organization is here to support the community with your help.

Financial Impact

$135,000
2021 Goal
$11,694
Current Total
$2,597,155
Raised By KU since 2010


Campaign News

United Way fund drive continues with events, payroll deduction, call for volunteers

This year's campaign includes several events — from a chili cook-off and bake sale to a drawing for a parking spot — that focus on raising money for the United Way.

KU to launch annual United Way campaign in fall 2021

This year, the annual campaign will expand fundraising events to more departments to build excitement not only for staff and faculty, but for students as well.