United Way of Central Oregon is aware of an article recently published in the Huffington Post referencing allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide. Our organization was not provided prior notice of these charges before they were reported publicly, nor do we possess any knowledge concerning the specific allegations.
We want to make one point perfectly clear. Sexual harassment is not acceptable in any workplace, and United Way of Central Oregon does not condone any type of harassment, intimidation or retaliation. We take all workplace issues and reports of misconduct very seriously, and any such actions are met with zero tolerance. The conduct alleged of United Way Worldwide is deeply concerning for those of us throughout the network, and we fully support the thorough, independent investigation that has been ordered by the Board of Directors of United Way Worldwide. We expect them to act upon their findings.
United Way of the Central Oregon is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local community leaders. Our relationship with United Way Worldwide is transactional – we receive use of the brand in exchange for adherence to membership standards. Our local Board oversees all legal, governance, ethical and financial management policies to ensure that United Way of Central Oregon can advance our mission.
For 67 years, the mission of United Way of Central Oregon has been working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our region. We will continue our fight for the health, education, financial stability and resilience for all. We denounce all forms of discrimination and remain committed to building an inclusive and equitable region where everyone has the strengths, resources and support they need to thrive.