Young Philanthropists

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

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Who We Are

Young Philanthropists are young professionals 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.

Young Philanthropists 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, Young Philanthropists give back to the region investing in them and gain leadership skills along the way.

Reasons to Join Young Philanthropists

The opportunities you will receive as a Young Philanthropist 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 Young Philanthropists

Participation in Young Philanthropists begins with an annual donation of $1,000 or more to United Way NCA. To learn more about how to join Young Philanthropists, please contact

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How do I join United Way NCA'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. 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 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, 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 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 a Young Philanthropist in DC. Find what works for you!

How often does 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.

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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.