In the spirit of giving during our centennial year, we were thrilled to launch a new approach to our grantmaking. With an investment of $2.85 million, we extended our reach to many of the highest-needs communities across the Los Angeles region by directly supporting local grassroots organizations.

Our organization expanded beyond the traditional way of funding well-established partners, and in 2022 we awarded a diverse group of 87 local grassroots organizations serving tens of thousands of people most impacted by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have 100 years of lessons to draw from, and some of the most powerful came out of what we saw in the last three,” said Elise Buik, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Communities with well-tended roots in justice and equity and strong connections demonstrate resilience. We can see it in response to the pandemic as well as in how we right the wrongs of racial inequity, whether it’s in making it through an immediate crisis or setting the next generation up for prosperity.”

The awardees include formal nonprofit organizations (501c3, 501c4) as well as volunteer-led mutual aid community groups  — many of them were first-time grantees, each one receiving up to $50,000.

Some of these grantees are working to re-imagine a community-powered social safety net by providing support for essentials like food, rent, utilities, transportation, childcare, mentoring/tutoring, clothing, hygiene, mental/healthcare, and public benefits. 

Arnali Ray, executive director of the Hollywood Food Coalition —one of the grantees addressing food insecurity in Los Angeles, said her organization, “is a small organization that has grown over the last several years because United Way has been able to help us really build capacity consistently across our programs,” she said. “Over the last few years, we’ve been able to grow our dinner program, exchange, and wellness programs, helping us be consistent and responsive to the community.”

Additional grantees also include organizing campaigns, community land trusts, housing, and worker cooperatives, community information networks, public space improvements, and lending circles.

“I’m grateful for United Way, for recognizing us and seeing how they can truly be beneficial to our communities,” said Miss Rodgers, founder of Miss Rodgers’ Neighborhood, a grassroots community organization based in Compton and a new grantee.

 “We have been able to expand all our services from the community fridges to our rental assistance program, and we’ve been able to help more families than ever because of the help of United Way,” Rodgers added.

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Below is our list of supported grantees: 

100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc.

All Peoples Community Center

Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles

Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust


BRIDGE Housing Corporation 

Butterfly’s Haven 

Let’s Be Whole


Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment

Central City Neighborhood Partners

CLEAN Carwash Worker Center

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles 

Community Asset Development Re-defining Education

Community Loving

Community Power Collective

Concerned Citizens Community Involvement 

Creating Justice LA

Crop Swap LA

Desert Life Ministry 

Destination Crenshaw

Downtown Women’s Center


El Centro de Ayuda

Ephesus SDA Church

Fathers and Mothers Who Care, Inc. 

Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre

Foundation For Economic & Social Justice

Garment Worker Center

Gente Organizada

Grass Roots Neighbors

Healthcare & Elder Law Programs Corp. 

Hollywood Food Coalition

Inclusive Action for the City

InnerCity Struggle

It’s Bigger Than Us

J-TOWN Action and Solidarity 

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)

L.A. Co-op Lab 


LA Commons 

La Defensa 

Latinos In Action

Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition 

Los Angeles City College Foundation

Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership

Los Angeles Valley College

Meals On Wheels West

Miss Rodgers’ Neighborhood

Mutual Aid LA 

No Us Without You LA


NoHo Home Alliance

Parent Organization Network 

Pico Union Project

Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California

Polo’s Pantry 

Project Joy

Proyecto Pastoral

Pukúu Cultural Community Services

Robinson School for Public Awareness and Community Engagement

Sanctuary of Hope

Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council

Santa Monica College Foundation

SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition

Silverlake Presbyterian Church 

Sisters of Watts

Social Justice Learning Institute

South Bay Center For Counseling

Southeast Asian Community Alliance

Sowing Seeds For Life

St. John’s Community Health

The Al Wooten Jr. Youth and Adult Cultural Educational Center

The Catalyst Foundation

The Center in Hollywood 

The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley

The EmpowerTHEM Collective

University of California, Los Angeles

The South LA Cafe Community Foundation

The Valley of Change

Thinkwatts Foundation


United American Indian Involvement, Inc.

Urban Partners Los Angeles

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

WVHY (West Valley Homes Yes)

Youth With A Purpose