Greater Mankato Area United Way celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021!
Learn about our 2022 kickoff events and anniversary celebration here.
Established as the Mankato Community Chest in 1931, Greater Mankato Area United Way has kept the well-being of individuals and families at the heart of its work, made possible through the efforts of partner agencies, community members, businesses and volunteers.
Today, Greater Mankato Area United Way’s programs serve more than 51,000 people annually through basic needs, health and education.
Many things have changed in 90 years, but the core tenets of United Way as the balancer of our region remain the same: impactful partner agencies; citizen-led fundraising drives; dedicated volunteers; corporate and individual support; and a community-led review process to address needs, avoid duplication and ensure transparency.
Thank you for your support to improve lives in our region—past, present and future.
A Look Back...
Mankato area citizens form the Community Chest. The first campaign raises $6,000 for four agencies.
The annual Community Chest drive includes the US War Fund.
The Community Chest becomes the United Fund.
The United Fund becomes Greater Mankato Area United Way.
The annual campaign surpasses $500,000.
The annual campaign surpasses $1,000,000.
Greater Mankato Area United Way merges with St. Peter United Way.
The annual campaign surpasses $2,000,000.
Greater Mankato Area United Way takes on Waseca County to bring its service area to Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.
United Way surpasses its campaign goal of $2,060,000 for 56 programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.