About United Way of the National Capital Area

United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) works to create a thriving community where adults and children have access to excellent schools, good health, safe neighborhoods and jobs that pay a livable wage.

Focusing on the critical areas of education, financial stability and health, United Way NCA serves eight regions: Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George‚Äôs County and Prince William County.

For more than 40 years, United Way NCA has worked to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. United Way NCA raises approximately $30 million each year to address the needs of our community.

We collaborate with our more than 660 member nonprofits, as well as corporate and community partners to create positive impact in the national capital area, and we invest in the most effective programs and services in our region to solve complex social issues.

Through our Community Impact grants to member nonprofit organizations and other investments United Way NCA directs funds to the most critical areas of need. 


Every child is born ready to learn. To keep youth on track throughout their academic careers, United Way NCA connects them with caring adults who serve as tutors and mentors.

We also invest in programs that have demonstrated proven success in conducting early interventions and offering academic and social support.

Our middle school success initiative focuses on helping students succeed at the middle school level, while also preparing them to transition into high school.

Financial Stability

Although the national capital area is one of the most prosperous regions in the United States, too many families in our area live in constant fear of losing their homes, being unable to pay medical bills, or other problems resulting from financial instability.

United Way NCA invests in workforce development and job training programs that prepare adults for careers that pay a family-sustaining wage and financial literacy programs that help people better manage their finances.

United Way NCA also partners with organizations to assist low- to moderate-income families in accessing beneficial tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit. Through this work, United Way NCA helps nearly 10,000 tax payers access the credit per year, which has resulted in more than $70 million in refunds returning to our region, since 2008.


A community cannot thrive if its people are not healthy. Working with community partners who run programs, deliver services, and share our passion for improving lives, we focus on decreasing childhood obesity through Fun, Fly & Fit, our signature health program; providing access to affordable medical and dental care; connecting people in need to health and human services through our 2-1-1 call center, and helping people make healthy lifestyle choices.

We have a lot of work to do. We are up for the challenge.

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