Metro United Way Diversity & Inclusion Statement



Metro United Way values diversity in our community. Metro United Way will not discriminate based on race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or national origin in accordance with the law.

Metro United Way will reflect diversity in its organizational governance, volunteer structure, staffing, funding decisions and policies. Through our commitment to diversity, we will strive to be a role model in our community, joining with other organizations to strengthen an effective human service system that reaches out to all people in our seven-county community. Metro United Way’s Diversity Plan reflects its own commitment to diversity in its Board of Directors, volunteer governance and structure, staffing and purchasing.

Metro United Way requires funded agencies to practice without discrimination in accordance with the law. Metro United Way recognizes the unique mission of each agency it funds. Each agency receiving funding from Metro United Way agrees to:

  • Maintain status as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, not-for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to model diversity and inclusion defined as follows:
    • Diversity: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes work style, parental status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, language, age, religion, mental and physical abilities – and more.
    • Inclusion: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.
  • The MUW and Agency Boards of Directors, staff, volunteers and those served by the Agency, will strive to reflect the many faces and walks of life which proudly make up our regional community.
  • Maintain all financial information in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States.
  • Meet all 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau Charity Review.
  • Communicate openly on matters of common concern or mutual interest.
  • Indemnify, hold harmless and defend the other party (its officers, employees, agents, representatives, volunteers and assigns) against any and all claims, costs (including reasonable attorney’s fees), demands, causes of action, suits, injuries, damages of any kind whatsoever, loss or death resulting from that party’s negligence, misconduct, malicious actions, or omissions while carrying out the requirements of this agreement.

Metro United Way’s network of agencies embraces both special constituencies and broader community needs. In fact, when you support Metro United Way, your donation touches two out of three people in our community at some point in their lives, through the programs of over 100 local organizations. That’s a truly diverse population. These programs help kids succeed, build strong families, promote health and independence and strengthen neighborhoods.


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