Big Problems Call for Bold Goals

It is not about short-term charity, it is about lasting change.

Our United Way of Marion County is committed to tackling the root causes of our community’s most challenging problems, implementing and supporting innovative strategies and ambitious visions of our future. Our Bold Goals are a collective vision for making our region stronger for everyone who calls it home.

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

Our United Way fights for early childhood literacy, positive mentorship opportunities, and higher graduation rates.

Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods

Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods

Our United Way advocates for safe and affordable housing, increased quality of life, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Our United Way supports leadership and workforce development programs that create sustainable employment and forge the path to self-sufficiency.

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Featured Partners

Let’s Read 20

Let’s Read 20

Forming the habit of reading at a young age is linked to higher performance and achievement throughout life. Let’s Read 20 is a community-wide initiative that promotes early childhood literacy and is attempting to positively impact the culture of our community and the way it values reading, education and academic success.


Victim Assistance Program

Marion Area Counseling Center

The Victim Assistance Program provides county wide services to victims of any crime. Victim Assistance minimizes the effects of crime in the lives of crime victims, while Victim Advocates offer victims of crime support services which include emergency assistance, emotional support, agency referrals, and assistance with legal filings as well as court orientation and advocacy.



GEAR Up Marion City Schools

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) at Marion City Schools works to support early college preparation and awareness using academic, career and culturally woven events and activities including tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships.


Marion Allocation Committee

Comprised of dedicated volunteers representing a diverse range of community organizations, the Marion Allocation Committee is an integral component of our application and allocation process, helping to determine United Way funded partners and programs each year. The committee members review all funding applications, meet to discuss and evaluate applications, and recommend programs and funding amounts to the United Way Governing Board for final approval.

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Spread the word about how important local participation in the 2020 Census is to our community!  Population counts determine funding for programs that support nutrition, education, housing, healthcare, and more. Census data is also used by businesses to determine where to invest and create new jobs, affects funding for infrastructure and road improvements, and determines our communitys representation in Congress. We all have something to lose when community response to the Census is low! Census data is confidential, and by law cannot be shared with law enforcement agencies or used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. #everybodycounts #OH2020Census
Congratulations to Marion Community Credit Union on 60 years service to the community! We appreciate all of the support youve given to United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. through the years, and are proud to #LiveUnited with you! 🎉
The Marion Housing Coalition heard today from students from The Ohio State University regarding data on census tract 1. The Marion Housing Coalition is a collaborative community effort spearheaded by United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc., Marion Public Health​,  and The Ohio State University Extension Office working to address housing and blight issues in Marion County; census tract 1 is the Coalitions focus area as they test strategies and collect resident feedback.  #BoldGoal2 #bettertogether
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln drafted bold goals for our country, and we celebrate their leadership today. Weve carved out some Bold Goals of our own at United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford, Marion, & Wyandot, as we use local donations to fund partners who are working to bring lasting change to the lives of individuals in our communities. Find out more about our Bold Goals at, and have a great Presidents Day!
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Were so grateful for the impact Marion Goodwill has on our community! #bettertogether #powerofwork #BoldGoal3
As part of our RBA (Results-Based Accountability) funding framework, our partners answer these questions for us throughout the year, providing important details about the structure & success of their funded programs. This gives us the data we need to ensure we are leveraging our donor dollars in a way that makes the largest (and most lasting) collective impact on our communities. The same questions also figure heavily in the annual partner application process.
When you donate to United Way of North Central Ohio, you are helping us fund local organizations working to create lasting change in our communities. Each of the programs funded by United Way of Crawford County, United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. , and United Way of Wyandot County is working to directly impact one (or more) of the areas targeted by our Bold Goals: Early Childhood Development; Healthy, Vibrant Neighborhoods; and Leadership & Workforce Development. Find out more about our Bold Goals and our 2019-2020 funded partners at #bettertogether #boldgoals
Way to go, Marion Manor! Thank you for your commitment to your work and to the community! We are lucky to have you as a #UnitedWaySupporter!
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We were so lucky to have these students from Tri-Rivers Career Center  - along with students from Elgin Local Schools, Marion Harding High School (Marion City Schools), and River Valley Local Schools - at last weeks board governance training session. Their commitment and thoughtful participation was impressive, and they served as a great example of BoardSource certified trainer Susan Deckers reminder that a successful board should not just reflect diversity of gender and ethnicity, but also of economic status and age!
We were joined this morning by more than 80 board members and staff from local non-profit organizations for an inspiring and interactive exploration of board governance, led by BoardSource certified facilitator Susan Decker. Susan encouraged lively discussions about external and internal forces affecting our organizations, structuring strategic board meetings to support engagement, and ensuring a range of diversity on our boards through recruiting and orienting new members. Group exercises helped reinforce the the roles in a constructive board/staff partnership, and helped us identify the next steps toward good governance for our organizations. So many great takeaways - well share more soon! Thanks again to Hord Family Farms  & Crawford Works for their hospitality, and to The Olson Vincent Sharma Group Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for sponsoring todays training!
Were all set up and ready for tomorrows Building a Governance Legacy board training session - were going to have a full house! Thanks so much to Hord Family Farms & Crawford Works for their help with this event! Thanks also to Kellies Custom Florals of Upper Sandusky for providing our centerpieces, and to Kimmel Corporation for the table linens. Tomorrows board training event is sponsored by The Olson Vincent Sharma Group Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. See you tomorrow at 9 am at Hord Family Farms (911 State Route 98 in Bucyrus).
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United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc. was privileged to participate in the MAWAC Workforce Development Symposium yesterday, and we were excited to see so many engaged educators, employers, and students coming together to find solutions to employment challenges in our community! Through our Workforce Development Bold Goal, United Way funds partners who work to enhance Marion County’s economic stability by focusing on people – young people who are new to the workforce, people who are unemployed or underemployed, and people who are struggling financially. If you missed the symposium, you can check it out here:! #bettertogether #BoldGoal3 #workunited
Since 1994, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday has been designated as a national day of service, embodying what it means to Live United. Take time today to consider how you can do more for others. #LiveUnited

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United Way of Marion County Ohio, Inc.

This workshop being hosted by Marion Matters, Inc. on February 21 is an invaluable resource for both assistance providers and community leaders. The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience of what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress, and the Bridges Out of Poverty overview will discuss how the community can work together to have an impact on these issues.We are holding a workshop that will be filled with information to improve our community.
The Poverty Simulation will be first. The Poverty Simulation can mean different things to different participants. For resource providers, it can help them to better identify with the needs of their customers. For community leaders, it can help them to create and implement policies and programs that address the issue of poverty with more effectiveness. For students, it can help them to gain empathy and appreciation for the diverse world around them. For everyone, it can inspire a commitment to making a positive difference in their communities.

The second half of our day workshop will be a Bridges Out of Poverty overview. Bridges is an internationally recognized workshop for professionals, business leaders and community members who want to have an impact of poverty reduction. Bridges brings people of all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes and support those who are moving out of poverty.

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This workshop being hosted by Marion Matters, Inc. on February 21 is an invaluable resource for both assistance providers and community leaders. The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience of what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress, and the Bridges Out of Poverty overview will discuss how the community can work together to have an impact on these issues.

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United Way Workplace Campaign

Live United!

The United Way Workplace Campaign unites employees in all offices or branches of a company, and gives them an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out for causes that matter to them. You can see the results in your own backyard, even as you’re part of a larger mission to affect change worldwide.

Employers who participate in workplace campaigns find benefits beyond the immediate impact in the community,  including more engaged employees and an enhanced spirit of corporate volunteerism.

Workplace Campaign Toolkit

We appreciate the efforts of local businesses and organizations in supporting and administering United Way Workplace Campaigns and are committed to doing everything we can to support each Campaign Coordinator based on the individual needs of their workplace. Available support includes interactive in-person training, annual Campaign Coordinator Luncheon, shared guidance and encouragement from experienced Coordinators, employee engagement support, and United Way staff support and marketing materials.

Tools for A Successful Workplace Campaign

Our Commitment to Transparency

In an effort to remain accountable to our investors, United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford, Marion, & Wyandot Counties is as transparent as possible with its financial records. Our annual audit is conducted by an independent CPA and is available below along with our annual IRS Tax Form 990. Our most recent Annual Reports to our investors are also archived below. We strive to ensure your investment has maximum impact in our community.

United Way of North Central Ohio continues to meet all twenty Standards for Charitable Accountability established by the Better Business Bureau.

2018 Annual Report
2018 Form 990
2017 Annual Report
2017 Form 990
2016 Annual Report
2016 Form 990
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