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Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle

The United Way U.S. National Board of Trustees recognizes diversity and inclusion as core values that are critical success factors in achieving United Way’s mission. This is a business imperative that is required for United Way to grow, thrive and advance the common good in our communities.

The U.S. National Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers must reflect all of the many faces, and walks of life, that proudly make up our nation and the world. Together we genuinely demonstrate the principles of diversity and inclusion which enrich all communities.

To value diversity is to respect and appreciate race, religion, skin color, gender, nationality, language differences, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical, mental and developmental abilities, age, socioeconomic status, work and behavioral styles, parental status and the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, culture and experiences. To be inclusive is to leverage diversity by bringing together unique individual backgrounds to collectively and more effectively address the issues facing our communities.

It is our aim, therefore, that the U.S. United Way system’s strategies, investments and partners reflect these core values. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to live united and advance the common good; to be a diverse and inclusive system is fundamental to achieving our mission and goals in education, income and health.

Approved by the U.S. National Board of Trustees
September 15, 2009