our impact

Problems. The ones most people don’t have the stomach for. The ones nobody talks about at social gatherings. The ones that can’t be solved. We go looking for them. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.



The United Way of Crookston raises and directs funds to agencies that address community needs. The organization enables community members to help many people in many different ways, with one gift.



We raise money and give it out to our partners two times per year– April and December. We have an Annual Awards and Wine Social. We then monitor the donations through site visits to make sure out partners are being good stewards of the gifts. 


In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred.  That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. More than 125 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives.

We are the problem-solvers,

the hand-raisers, the game-changers.

We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

our mission

The mission of the United Way of Crookston is to improve the quality of life of Crookston area people, by gathering and distributing, in an efficient manner, community resources that respond to priority health and human service needs.


  • 1982: A group of business people planned and began the United Way of Crookston Organization. That fall saw the first United Way fundraising campaign.

  • 1983: First executive president hired

  • 1995: Crookston Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Crookston agreed to share location and staff. The United Way of Crookston was a stand alone organization until 1995.

  • 2008: United Way of Crookston Board accepts the national challenge of working toward the goals of the common good.

  • 2014: United Way of Crookston separated from the Crookston Chamber of Commerce / CVB and sought it’s own Executive Director and location in order to continue the mission of the United Way of Crookston.

United We Fight.

United We win.

Live united.