100th Anniversary


100 Years of Making a Difference


Help us kickoff our second century by joining us on October 19, 2019 at the
100th Anniversary Gala.

Spend an evening with #1 Billboard Charting International and Independent Recording Artist Phil Denny and renowned Lansing-based pianist John Dale Smith at the 100th Anniversary Gala. Enjoy a strolling dinner featuring culinary delights from area restaurants as you explore the history of Capital Area United Way and the state of Michigan.


              Phil Denny                                                             John Dale Smith




Capital Area United Way is celebrating 100 years of serving our community

One hundred years ago, Ray Potter, W. H. Prudden, Frank N. Arbaugh, C.E. Bement, Donald E. Bates, and Charles W. Nichols were appointed trustees of what would become Capital Area United Way. They held the very first community-wide campaign to take care of our local community. In 1919, the Community Welfare Fund brought together the first seven agencies having met the preliminary requirements set forth by the Committee of Organizations.



“The Community idea emphasizes all the interests of all the people in any community. It permits an allied attack on all the conditions and at the same time gives every citizen an opportunity to know of all the social work being done in the community as  whole and not as conducted by isolated competitive groups. The community idea, I believe, is infinitely bigger than the sum-total of each agency conducted separately.” Glenn N. Murchey, chairman of the Committee of Organizations, Community Welfare Fund


While our role in the community has changed throughout the years, we continue to bring together the resources of thousands of people and organizations to make a difference for local people in need. A lot has happened at United Way and in our community over the past 100 years.  To learn more about the organizations, click on the History Timelines option in the Quick Links menu on the left side of this page to see what we have accomplished together.