Searchable Historical United Way Database – 100 Years in the Community!

matt and jack with centennial logo for web

Jack and Matt Evans are the chairs for the 2014 centennial campaign.

Our organization was founded on Feb. 16, 1914, and is one of the oldest United Ways. This historical United Way database includes some of the highlights of United Way’s 100-year history in Eastern Iowa. The information comes from historical United Way documents, as well as The Gazette’s archives. Summaries are published with permission.

How to use this

You can browse the historical United Way database below by simply clicking SEARCH (leave the box blank) or you can use the SEARCH box to specifically search for a person, event or organization, for example.

Online Database by Caspio

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If you are aware of a historical moment or event that is not listed in this database please contact us here.

More history

Historical timeline

Special thanks to Matthew Barnd, Sher Jasperse, John Rogers and Mary Sharp for compiling this database.

Historical photos from the historical United Way database

1956 letterhead

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Matt Evans Looks Back and Ahead

CEO Lois Buntz Reviews 100 Years of History in Eastern Iowa

Posted in News, United Way of East Central Iowa


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