Emerging Leaders

United Way of the National Capital Area’s Emerging Leaders represent a new kind of young professionals in our nation’s capital.

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Who We Are

Emerging Leaders are young professions up to 40 years old who harness their ambitions not only for their careers but for the improvement of the communities they live and work in.

Emerging Leaders understand they can amplify their impact by working with United Way NCA around the areas of health, education and economic opportunity. Through gifts, both financial and of time, Emerging Leaders give back to the region investing in them and gain leadership skills along the way.

Reasons to Join Emerging Leaders

The opportunities you will receive as an Emerging Leader include:

  • Volunteer opportunities through signature events like Project Community Connect, Stuff the Bus and skills-based volunteering.
  • Exclusive networking and social events.
  • Leadership skill building opportunities.
  • Membership in Leaders United, United Way NCA’s leadership giving community, bringing together like-minded individuals who recognize the challenges facing members of our community and are committed to investing their resources to make a difference in United Way NCA’s pillars of health, education and economic opportunity.

Join the Emerging Leaders

Participation in Emerging Leaders begins with an annual donation of $1,000 or more to United Way NCA. To learn more about how to join Emerging Leaders, please contact emergingleaders@uwnca.org.

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How do I join United Way NCA's Emerging Leaders Affinity Group?
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Your participation in Emerging Leaders starts with your investment of $1,000 or more to United Way of the National Capital Area. When you make your gift, please indicate that you would like to be included in Emerging Leaders. After that, we’ll take care of the rest and you’ll be eligible to participate in all Emerging Leaders events and engagement opportunities.

How do I make my donation?
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You can make your gift to United Way of the National Capital Area in several ways, including:

1. Through your workplace campaign – Numerous workplaces in the National Capital Area participate in annual United Way NCA workplace campaigns. Ask your payroll department for more information and how to make a donation. This option allows you to donate from each paycheck and spread out your investment.

2. Online – Visit https://unitedwaynca.org/donate to make your gift online and indicate that you’re interested in becoming an Emerging Leader.

3. Send us your donation – Checks and pledge forms can be mailed to United Way NCA, Attn. Gabrielle Sherb, Department 0751, Washington, DC 20073-0751. For more information, please email philanthropy@uwnca.org.

How can I be a successful Emerging Leader?
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To be a successful Emerging Leader, start by choosing a cause that means something to you. Whether it’s feeding those experiencing homelessness or providing support to veterans, choose one that you care passionately about. Then, think about how you can contribute. Contributions can be more than financial – dedicate your time, your creativity or ask for contributions to your cause instead of birthday presents. There are so many ways to embody philanthropy as an Emerging Leader in DC. Find what works for you!

How often does Emerging Leaders offer events?
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Emerging Leaders hold monthly events that vary among service and volunteer opportunities, social and networking events, and learning opportunities. Events occur anywhere from one to three times per month.

Other Affinity Groups

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Women United

United Way’s Women United program is a network of philanthropists that recognizes women who are leading the way in making an impact on our community.

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Tocqueville Society

United Way’s Tocqueville Society is a group of leading philanthropists who understand the value of a major investment in our community, especially when directed and leveraged.

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