Public Policy

Advocating for sound and positive policies that relate to local United Ways’ fundraising and community-building activities is a central activity of UWNYS. Our active involvement and that of our key partners can result in sustained and positive change in the capacity of United Ways and other nonprofit human service organizations to meet the needs of their communities.

2021 ALICE Agenda for New York

Using ALICE data, United Way of New York State proposes the following public policy priorities that work to remove obstacles to financial stability, identify gaps in community resources, and build data-driven solutions to help ALICE families achieve economic stability, bolstering the state’s economy overall and help us recover and rebuild from COVID-19:

  1. Secure and strengthen non-profits’ ability to provide services to ALICE
  2. Secure and strengthen 211 New York
  3. Expand Working Family Tax Credits at the State and Federal level
  4. Ensure internet access is affordable and accessible to all
  5. Make ALICE NY the benchmark by which we measure financial stability
  6. Support and invest in workforce development
  7. Support the future generation through child care and child development
  8. Collaborate and co-lead federal advocacy efforts with United Way Worldwide which strengthen ALICE Households and beyond

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Open Letter to Governor Cuomo on Payments and Contracts with Non-Profits

Please read our open letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the status of the Non-Profit Sector. Join more than 720+ non-profits in signing on with your support here.


Expansion of Working Family Tax Credits

We believe that our state Working Family Tax Credits – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Empire State Child Credit (ESCC) – can and should promote equity and economic security rather than reinforce existing barriers to health, wealth and a better life.

Memo in Support EITC Assembly and Senate Bills July 2020

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Charity Coalition's Call to Action to Expand and Extend the Universal Charitable Deducation


Letter signed by 480+ Non-Profits Regarding Census August 2020

Letter - Philanthropic Leaders on Census Being Cut Short 8-5-20

Virtual Advocacy Day in Partnership with United Way Worldwide, June 18th

New York State Focused Advocacy