1887 - FIRST UNITED CAMPAIGN
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.