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Role We Play: Advocate


Through our unique position in the community, we lead and influence the implementation of policies and funding that support immediate needs and drive systemic change.

Our Impact

United Way’s 2022 Advocacy Wins and Successes

Perspective: My Experience as a United Way Policy Intern

April Advocacy Update: The Final Weeks of Session

How We Work

Coming Together for Transformation

Alongside coalitions, we leverage strong community relationships, research and real-time data to:

  • Amplify community voices, especially those voices with lived experience
  • Educate government officials and lawmakers on systems-level issues and opportunities
  • Develop solutions in partnership with the public, private and nonprofit sectors

“Advocacy means taking action to create positive change. True advocacy requires addressing and solving the root problems that create barriers for communities.”

– Kristen Rosenberger, Director of Advocacy and External Engagement, Greater Twin Cities United Way

How We Show Up as an Advocate

Start Early Funders Coalition

As the coalition’s fiscal host, we collaborate with more than 20 funders across Minnesota to improve early childhood education through research, best practices and public policy.

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211 Data

Using data from the 211 resource helpline, we help state and local leaders gain insight into changing community needs and how we can work together to implement solutions.

Homes for All

Working alongside more than 240 statewide organizations as part of the Homes for All coalition, we advocate for policies that support housing stability for all.

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Justice for All

Through a multi-year collaboration with the Minneapolis Foundation and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, we’re working to bring transformational change to our criminal justice system and policies rooted in long-standing systemic racism.

Join Us as a Changemaker

Join the work, lending your power and your voice to issues that have the potential to transform our community.

Events and Updates

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How United Way’s 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline is Helping People Move from Pain to Possibilities

September 1, 2022
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From Basic Needs to Justice: Cultivating a Thriving Food System

August 29, 2022
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Growing Economic Opportunity By Supporting Healthier Food Systems

August 17, 2022
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