About Us

Our Mission

The Mission of the Salina Area United Way is to strengthen our community by improving lives through leadership, partnership and investment.

  • WHY     Strengthen the community by improving lives
  • HOW     Aggregating community resources with Leadership, Partnership and Investment
  • WHAT     Address issues in education, financial stability and health

Our Core Principles

Salina Area United Way (SAUW) is a leadership organization working for lasting change for the
common good with meaningful and measureable results to strengthen Salina area communities.

This critical role requires that all of us involved in SAUW, who foster such and essential public good, must assume responsibility of earning public trust.

Accordingly, Salina Area United Way plays a unique role both as a leader in the health and human services sector and as a major resource to member United Way organizations to build trust through all that we do. This bond of trust goes far beyond legal or regulatory requirements to include our core values and ethics.

To fulfill this special obligation, our core principles, fundamental unchanging truths provide the foundation on which we base our actions and decisions.

1.    Meaningful and Measureable Improvement

We make a positive difference and have a measurable impact of enduring consequence.

  • We make a difference in our community and collectively in our world. Our efforts change lives.
  • We assume responsibility as good stewards of and are accountable for our work and sustainable results.

2.    Community Interdependence and Collaboration

We value innovation in community building to affect positive change.

  • We are effective educators and conveners—bringing all segments of the community together to promote individual well-being and common good.
  • We are leaders of process that multiplies the impact of people’s innate desire and capacity to care for one another.
  • We help transform vision of compassion and giving into dynamic reality.

3.    Volunteer Value Driven

We value and are grateful for the respect, courage, generosity and compassion of our volunteers.

  • We are made relevant and impactful through the spirit of volunteerism.
  • United Way is outstanding in the way it invites volunteers to express their philanthropic beliefs.
  • We believe that the most effective models of service and excellence are created through the leadership of volunteers.

4.    Inclusiveness

We are strong only when we are inclusive.

  • We aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of our work.
  • We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person—the community, the donors, our own employees, representatives, boards, and volunteers.
  • We believe in a movement built from the rich diversity and gifts of all people in all systems.

5.    Stewardship

We act with integrity that justifies trust and an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management.

  • We uphold our core mission in a manner that promotes the trust of our volunteers, donors and stakeholders.
  • We maintain the highest standards of  excellence and accountability, including prudent use of finances, and accurate and honest disclosures of information.
  • We take pride in our role as stewards to the people and community.

6.    Adaptive Organization

We understand the importance of growth and change in our own practices.

  • We are committed to understanding the political, economic, social, and cultural context of our work and activities.
  • We are committed to a United Way that is relevant to all people, all cultures, all communities and the times.


Commonly used Salina Area United Way acronyms:
SAUW- Salina Area United Way
UPC- United Priority Cabinet
CET- Community Engagement Team
ACT- Advancing Community Together
SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, and Timely
CFC- Combined Federal Campaign
ABC- A Balanced Community
UWW- United Way Worldwide
SOE- Standards of Excellence
HR- Human Resources

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