We strengthen the building blocks of opportunity.

Education, income and health form the foundation that allows each of us to reach our full potential. All three are essential and interconnected. You need a good education to get a good job. You need a good job to provide for yourself and your family. You need good health to keep your good job and enjoy an active, productive life.

Together, we have put opportunity in the hands of more than 91,000 Quad Citizens last year.

  • Education

    Forms the foundation for a student's entire life, opening doors and enabling children to thrive.

  • Income

    Stable income and sufficient savings lead to financial security.

  • Health

    Good health, a safe and stable home environment and quality health care.

Rise United 2030: A blueprint for change.

Our Rise United 2030 community goals are a collective commitment and vision for a region where all Quad Citizens have the access and opportunity to thrive.

Rise United is more than a hope. It is a set of achievable goals to build a stronger, more equitable Quad Cities. These goals are our North Star for driving transformative change and advancing racial equity in education, income and health over the next 10 years.

Rise United Key Levers

Increase to
50 %

the number of students reading on grade level by 3rd grade.

Increase by
1 %

the number of young adults earning living wages, adding $116M in wages per year to the economy.

Increase to
55 %

the percent of Quad Citizens reporting having routine health care.

When we tackle the root causes of important issues, we improve lives, whole neighborhoods, communities and groups.

Learn about our work supporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the entire community.

By leveraging our network of donors, funded partners and companies, we can drive lasting change.

We are steadfast in measuring our performance and impact so that we can learn what is working, and where we are most effective.

With your support, here’s how we are making a difference in the lives of real people.

students had the groundwork laid for continued educational success.
Quad Citizens received assistance to get and keep better jobs and build savings for the future.
neighbors got access to the health and wellness resources they need to live healthy lives.
White male sitting in a lobby.

Close gaps. Open opportunities.

I was missing support and structure in my life. One thing I’m able to do now is look myself in the mirror and be happy with who I am. The biggest change has been my attitude towards everything. I’ve gotten the opportunity to be a son and a father again.

—Zach Wanken, Recipient Substance Abuse Interventions

Programs & Initiatives

Who We Fund

United Way Quad Cities works with funded partner organizations that provide services in the community around the three building blocks of opportunity: education, income and health.

Father and mother smiling at their baby as mother holds it in a park.