Our History


 "Serving South Central Idaho since 1962"

History of United Way: Nationally

1887, a Denver priest, two ministers, and a rabbi organized to collect funds for local charities, coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients, make emergency assistance grants. The first ‘UW’ org conducted a single campaign for 22 agencies and raised $21,700 
1913: first modern Community Chest formed 
1971: NFL and UW established partnership 
1974: United Ways in the US and Canada raised over $1 Billion, the first time in history an annual campaign of a single organization hit that benchmark.
2000: “national brand management/strengthening the brand” led to differentiating UWs as more than fundraisers 
2003: new UWA membership standards 
2007: Financial Stability Partnership introduced. Revenue topped $4billion, continuing as nation’s largest charity. 2008: Live United messaging began. 
2009: United Way of America became United Way Worldwide.  

History of United Way: Locally

It began here in Twin Falls, on June 27, 1962, when we were received our charter as the "United Fund of Twin Falls" for the purposes of... To bring together all campaigns of community accepted health, welfare and recreational agencies...to solicit funds for such agencies... to invest and expend funds and distribute funds to such agencies.. and to create a more general interest in the service of such agencies, and in the UNIFIED APPEAL plan...
1974: we officially changed our name from the United Fund to the "United Way of Twin Falls" 1986: we became the United Way of Magic Valley, 
mid 1990's: name was changed to the United Way of South Central Idaho,  to further expand our services to our current 8 County region, including Jackpot Nevada.
2009: United Way sold their office building on 2nd Av and moved into current office space
2012: We celebrated our 50th year of service and have provided $9Million in funding to agencies and programs. 
2014: New Executive Director, Bill Maikranz comes to UWSCID from UW of Eastern Utah. The Collective Impact Model is implemented. Found new office space at 102 Main Ave S. suite 5 in downtown Twin Falls. Started our Early Education Initiative and adopted the slogan of Changing the Odds.
2015: Hired a Bobbi Pyle as our part-time Donor Relations Director. Impacted our community with $123,000 dollars this year. Serving South Central Idaho for 53 years and impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals and families with $9.3 Million dollars. Started our Needs Assessment project so that our focus is on the biggest local need and changing those community conditions so our impact is greater.