Our History


began some 28 years ago in Western Australia. Concerned with the increasing need in the community and subsequent increasing charitable requests, a group of Perth businessmen established United Way West Australia Inc in 1986. They ran a 12-month pilot program then commenced full operations in July 1988. Since then we have distributed more than $16 million throughout WA.


are a network across Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Ballarat, Glenelg, Central Coast, Perth and South Australia. Annually we invest $6million and engage over 3400 volunteers into community projects around the country, that improve the lives of 18,000 Australians.


were founded 125 years ago in 1887 in Denver, Colorado in the USA.

In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognised the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. They put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies and created an organisation to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred.

That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilising the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives.

Today there are nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories and we raise $5 billion annually for local communities.

Click here to read more about our global history


United Ways throughout Australia and the world are being called upon to provide leadership and support to the community.


Level 1, 179 Main Street,
Osborne Park WA 6000.
Email : united@unitedwaywa.com.au



Subscribe to our newsletter.