About Us


Our Mission

The Oshkosh Area United Way improves lives by leveraging people and resources to create innoveative solutions to community needs.

Our History

Oshkosh Area United Way(OAUW), a local nonprofit organization, was established in 1962 when the Chamber of Commerce, organized labor and other community leaders came together to explore the benefits of a community-wide fundraising campaign. 

More than five decades later, OAUW has evolved from those roots as a fundraising organization to a community convener which mobilizes local partners including businesses, community leaders, public officials and residents, to identify community issues and solve problems.

Our focus is on three key building blocks, a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family and good health.  OAUW helps to identify community needs, create solutions and fund local programs that deliver direct health and human services to the people in our community.  

Why United Way?

Oshkosh Area United Way is a community collaborator bringing people and organizations together to create powerful partnerships that address issues and solve problems.

United Way's expertise is in uniting the community, problem solving and driving collective action to amplify the power of the individual and achieve what no one person or organization can achieve alone.

When you invest in our community through United Way, you do more than you could alone.  Your contribution is combined with thousands of others, magnifying and multiplying the power of your gift.  There is no single gift that provides as many local health and human services as your gift to United Way.


United Way changes lives for the better.  When you invest in United Way, you help people.  You feed hungry people.  You help children grow and develop.  You provide safety.  You ensure that emergency services are there to help people rebuild their lives after a disaster.

Local and Efficient

All of the money raised stays right here in our community.  And our United Way prides itself on keeping overhead costs low so that your gift to United Way goes directly to meet the needs of our community.  This makes our community a great place to live, work, learn and play.


The United Way allocation process utilizes community volunteers who review every United Way supported program to ensure that your gift is being spent efficiently and effectively.
Oshkosh Area United Way’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Oshkosh Area United Way, Inc.

36 Broad St, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54901-5259
(920) 235-8560
EIN: 39-1017908
Organization Number: 53310
Information and Referral Phone Number 2-1-1 or 1-800-924-5514