1887 - FIRST UNITED CAMPAIGN

Reverend Myron W. Reed, Dean H. Martyn Hart, Monsignor William J. O'Ryan and Rabbi William S. Friendman headshots

1887
First United Campaign
The first United Way organization was formed in 1887 in Denver by four clergymen: Rev. Myron W. Reed, Monsignor William J. O’Ryan, Dean H Martyn Hart, and Rabbi William S Friedman who recognized the need for cooperative action to solve the city’s welfare problems. The Charity Organization of Society was the first united campaign to coordinate services and fundraising for a group of charitable organizations.