We are aware that United Way Worldwide has released a summary of the third-party inquiry carried out by a law firm investigating the allegations by multiple women describing harassment, improper conduct, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and other serious charges at United Way Worldwide.
These allegations were deeply troubling to us at United Way of Central Oregon, and they do not reflect the ideals, policies, and practices of our local United Way. We believe all allegations of sexual harassment and any other type of harassment must be taken seriously and stand by all who bravely speak out in these situations. We do not condone any type of harassment, intimidation, or retaliation.
In the released summary, UWW indicated the investigation found no evidence of “actionable” harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, but did find areas where culture can be improved. As such, the UWW and United Way of America Boards will form a Culture Task Force to look at their own workplace environment.
While appointing a task force is a worthwhile endeavor, it alone does not allay our concerns about these allegations. Because we do not view UWW’s actions as having offered sufficient resolution, we continue to work with other local United Ways in the Pacific Northwest to pursue further answers and actions. We continue to have concerns about the scope of the investigation and its limited transparency. We are strongly urging UWW to make the full report public.
United Way of Central Oregon is a local, independent nonprofit with our own mission, vision, volunteer Board of Directors, Executive Director, and budget. At United Way of Central Oregon, we fight for the health, education, financial stability, and resilience of every person in our community.
There are 1800 independent local United Ways throughout the world, United Way Worldwide operates as a hub for the network. Local United Ways pay dues to access resources, such as training, support for multinational workplace giving campaigns, national advocacy, and use of the brand trademarks.
At United Way of Central Oregon, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We do not wish these troubling allegations to impact the work we continue to do to support our local community.