What is United Way of the Black Hills (UWBH)?

We unite people and resources to improve lives in the Black Hills by delivering measurable long-term solutions to community issues in education, financial stability and health.

We create lasting change by investing in long-lasting solutions in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Each year, we invest over $2 million in programs and nonprofit organizations that are addressing these needs in the Black Hills. We strongly believe that collaborating with many local partners and organizations can affect change on a larger scale than any single organization can do alone. We encourage you to view our 2019-2020 annual report to learn more about the impact of our work in the Black Hills community.

Funding is allocated by the UWBH Board of Directors and local cabinet representatives. They review all of the grant applications, tour the programs, and assess their impact. Volunteers analyze the agencies and make informed funding decisions based on their community’s needs.

  • Staffing: Executive Director, Finance Director, Development Director, Marketing Manager, Data Specialist, Campaign Assistant, and an Administrative Assistant. There is also a director of our Black Hills Reads Initiative, who is 100% grant funded.
  • Materials designed and printed to raise $2 million each year and connect with 4,000+ donors and 300+ volunteers.
  • Organizing the allocations process to fund over 100 nonprofit agencies and programs through our programs and initiatives.
  • Managing the Imagination Library program which distributes over 60,000 books to 5,000+ children.

One individual or organization can’t solve our communities complex issues alone, especially in these uncertain economic times. That’s why UWBH is so important. Working together, we are providing individuals and families with a better life while also working towards long-lasting social changes by improving systems to help us all. In addition, 100% of donations stay local.

We value transparency and know our donors trust us to utilize their donations efficiently and effectively. We pride ourselves in our efforts to remain accountable to the dollars we receive, and investing them back into the community. We are pleased to report that we have been awarded the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator for the 2019 and 2020 year. Charity Navigator evaluates charities on their financial health, accountability and transparency. You may view our Charity Navigator profile by visiting:

We serve the communities in the Black Hills, including outlying areas, as outlined below.Areas we serve