Advocacy is the process of exercising our individual or collective power to influence policy and policymakers. To create lasting change, we can raise our hands and use our voice in a multitude of ways, from educating a friend or neighbor to speaking out on an important issue to encourage legislators to enact policy changes.

Local United Way organizations, and their community partners, work at the ground level to identify needs and create solutions for long-term change. Armed with needs assessment data and service experience, local United Ways leverage their knowledge to advocate on behalf of all North Carolinians. United Way of NC’s Public Policy Team set advocacy priorities and develop action plans that harness the collective voice of 51 local United Ways and impacts legislative policy, budget decisions, and government supported services.

Recent Advocacy Efforts

  • Education on the 2020 Self-Sufficiency Standard Report.
  • Awareness raising on the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and VITA sites.
  • Calls to action related to SNAP Benefits, Charitable Tax Deduction, tax credits, and COVID relief bill.
  • Statewide COVID-19 Impact Survey to inform needed services and investment priorities.
  • State Budget ask for NC 211 funding

2021 Advocacy Agenda


How can I learn more about policy issues?
The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) is a national, nonprofit organization that helps charitable organizations increase their effectiveness and impact through advocacy.

Who represents me?
NC General Assembly 
NC House of Representatives 
NC Senate 
NC Governor 
US House of Representatives
US Senate

Data & Information
NC Justice Center | county economic data
Kids Count Data Center
National Equity Atlas
US Census Bureau
National League of Cities  
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Institute of Mental Health 
National Center for Health Statistics  
US Department of Health and Human Services 
US Department of Labor  
US Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics
Early Childhood Education
NC Public Schools