Trident United Way History


Trident United Way can trace its roots to 1922, when the Social Services Exchange was established in Charleston to reduce duplication of services among non-profits and ease competition for resources. United Way's direct predecessor, the Community Chest, was established in 1944 to provide funds for non-profit agencies through one annual fundraising campaign.

In 1954 the organization became known as the United Fund, and in the early 1970s expanded to include Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, becoming Trident United Way.

Since then, Trident United Way has evolved from a fundraising organization into a community problem solver. Today, United Way is working to address the key issues in education, financial stability and health, primarily by bringing together many partners and aligning their focus on achieving measurable results.

The Lowcountry believes in Trident United Way’s strategic model. Over the past decade, our local United Way has been the fastest-growing United Way its size in the nation. People want their charitable giving to have impact in our local community, and Trident United Way is giving them that. We have been consistently been evaluated by Charity Navigator for the last eight years. The Association for Fundraising Professionals named Trident United Way its Outstanding Community Organization.

Trident United Way is owned and operated by the people of the Tri-County area, represented by a volunteer Board of Directors and hundreds of volunteers. Trident United Way operates according to the highest ethical standards. Our audited financial statements are available to anyone who requests them, at (843) 740-9000.