United Way of the Mid-South is Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way of the Mid-South (UWMS) recognizes that our mission is most effectively fulfilled – resulting in the greatest community impact – through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness as a core value and practice. We believe that diversity is the presence and celebration of difference that enriches our workplace, including identity-focused characteristics, such as race, gender, disability or age. We believe that equity is the presence of and commitment to fair treatment, access and opportunity for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage because of their identities. We believe that inclusion is the manner in which we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and equity, and is at the center of our efforts to build an intentional culture that fosters feelings of belonging and honors the differences of our colleagues, partners, vendors and stakeholders. Inclusion ensures that individuals with different identities are valued, leveraged and welcomed within our workplace.
United Way of the Mid-South respects the privacy and confidentiality of donors and people receiving help across our region. United Way does not sell or share donor information for mailing lists, solicitations, or any other purpose. While we proudly list the names of Leadership Givers in some materials, donors are given an option at the point they make their pledges to remain anonymous if they wish. We understand that in this age of fast information sharing, it is more important than ever to protect the information we may receive from our donors and people who are receiving help.
At United Way of the Mid-South, we stand against racism
We recognize structural racism/ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way of the Mid-South seeks to dismantle. We understand that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into the present. We acknowledge that these inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people. We unequivocally denounce racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the wellbeing and vitality of our communities. Our United Way of the Mid-South network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.
United Way of the Mid-South recognizes the rights of all people and does not, in any way, discriminate against any person or organization because of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, socioeconomic status, political preference or lifestyle. In all of our funding policies and employment practices, we strive to be both fair and equitable.