Who We Are

Our Mission

To unite the caring power of people to improve lives.

Our Vision

We seek to give all adults, children and families the opportunity to live the happy and healthy lives they deserve across Lucas, Ottawa and Wood County.

United Way of Greater Toledo proudly serves the residents of Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties in Northwest Ohio. Our human services nonprofit fights to strengthen education, financial stability, health and housing resources for every child, adult and family. By uniting the caring power of people through giving, advocating and volunteering, together, we can tackle our community’s toughest issues.

United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) strives to ensure that we are meeting the needs of individuals across Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties in a meaningful and appropriate manner. We cannot truly “Live United” until we fervently advocate for BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people and other marginalized communities. United Way examines and addresses the systems, institutions, and policies that have caused and perpetuated racial and socioeconomic disparities, specifically in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Housing. This includes acknowledging the role that philanthropy plays in upholding such structures. When individuals of all ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and gender/sexual identities can live and participate in functions of life without fear, then, and only then, can we “Live United”.

Wendy Pestrue, J.D.

Wendy Pestrue, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Morris, C.P.A.

Matt Morris, C.P.A.

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Mary Fedderke

Mary Fedderke

Chief Development Officer

Jill Bunge

Jill Bunge

Vice President, Impact

DeVon Overton, M.B.A.

DeVon Overton, M.B.A.

Vice President, Results & Analytics

Marissa Alaniz

Marissa Alaniz

Senior Director, Resource Development

Ryan Bunch

Ryan Bunch

Senior Director, Outreach & Advocacy

Scot Henshaw

Vice President, Human Resources

Our History

Toledo War Chest

  • Toledo War Chest is established to raise money for World War I efforts, funds were distributed to 37 agencies
Community Chest

  • Toledo War Chest becomes Community Chest 
Fundraising Expanded

  • Fundraising efforts were expanded to include Lucas County, Rossford and Perrysburg
First Building

  • First building is purchased at 443 Huron St
United Crusade of Mercy

  • Community Chest renamed to United Crusade of Mercy. Wood County joins.
Ottawa County Joins

  • Ottawa County joins United Crusade of Mercy
National United Way

  • National United Way name is adopted for campaign
First Call for Help

  • First Call for Help (211) and Volunteer Action center merged into United Way
Ottawa County

  • Ottawa County office opened
Wood County

  • Wood County office opened
United Way 2-1-1

  • First Call for Help rebranded as United Way 2-1-1
United Way Moves

  • United Way moves to new building located on 424 Jackson Street
Emergency Response Fund

  • United Way establishes Emergency Response Fund to assist organizations effected by COVID-19 pandemic
United Way Moves

  • United Way sells building located on 424 Jackson Street and begins sharing office space with SSOE Group on 1001 Madison Ave.

Learn More About Our Work In:

Lucas County

Using a Data-driven Collective Impact Model to create long-term change in Lucas County.


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Ottawa County

Supporting Ottawa County programs and initiatives focused on local community change.


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Wood County

Bringing the people of Wood County together to make success an option for everyone.


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