Young Philanthropists

United Way of the National Capital Area’s Young Philanthropists represent a new kind of “YP” in our nation’s capital.

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Who We Are

We are not only young professionals in the Washington, D.C. area, we are young philanthropists who direct our passion and ambition to our careers and to our communities.

We come together to make a collective impact and advance United Way’s fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We invest in the region that has invested in us. And together, we are building the next generation of leaders who give.

Reasons to Join Young Philanthropists

As a Young Philanthropist, you can look forward to:

  • Volunteering: Serve our community in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding regions of Maryland and Virginia through regular volunteer opportunities.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded peers to expand your personal and professional network and give back to our community.
  • Learning: Learn about our area’s most pressing challenges and the ways in which you can help address them through philanthropy and service.
  • Growth: Develop your professional skills through regular development opportunities.

Become a Young Philanthropist

If you are interested in joining our movement, please contact or call 202-488-2030. Learn more.

Join Young Philanthropists

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How do I join UWNCA’s Young Philanthropists Affinity Group?
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Your participation in Young Philanthropists 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 Young Philanthropists. After that, we’ll take care of the rest and you’ll be eligible to participate in all Young Philanthropists 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. 1. Through your workplace campaign – Numerous workplaces in the National Capital Area participate in annual United Way 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 to make your gift online and indicate that you’re interested in becoming a Young Philanthropist.

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

How can I be a successful young philanthropist?
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To be a successful young philanthropist, start by choosing a cause that means something to you. Whether it’s feeding the homeless 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 in lieu of birthday presents. There are so many ways to embody philanthropy as a young professional in DC. Find what works for you!

How often do Young Philanthropists offer events?
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Young Philanthropists 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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