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fact sheets, bill summaries, and testimony.

Policy makers often ask where “United Way” stands on particular issues under consideration. As appropriate, we provide policy makers and stakeholders examples of research, fact sheets, bill summaries, or testimony. Upon request, IUW will provide key messages for communication with policy makers or media.


All Hoosier children should have access to consistent, high-quality and affordable learning opportunities. Taxpayer funds should only be used in programs that are evidence-based and high quality.

IUW advocates for:

  • Quality child care funding to supplement CCDF and increased capacity building activities.
  • Expansion of high-quality pre- kindergarten and a standard assessment tool for K readiness.
  • Expansion of early in-home visiting and collaboration among programs.

Education Priority - Early Education (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 726 KB, Updated 03-05-15)

Income/Financial Stability

Tax policies and funded programs should foster employment and savings to help Hoosiers reach their potential and achieve long-term stability.

IUW advocates for:

  • Fair tax policy, including efforts to recouple federal and state tax returns, to sustain or expand EITC, CTC and State EITC and to index Tax Credit for the Elderly to inflation.
  • Smoothing the cliff effect so that benefits are tapered off with increases in income.
  • Income supports - IUW recognizes that basic services (such as SNAP, TANF, LIHEAP, subsidized housing and emergency assistance) often provide important stabilizers for many Hoosier households. Case management, financial counseling, safe financial products and matched savings develop long-term financial stability.
  • Work supports, such as training and placement into family-sustaining employment.

Financial Stability Priority - Safe and Affordable Financial Products (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 644 KB, Updated 01-12-17)


Hoosiers and their families should have access to health services to lead healthy lives. IUW supports evidence-based programs and policies that increase the number of insured Hoosiers and improve the quality of healthcare services.

IUW Comments on HIP 2.0 Extension Waiver Amendment (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 199 KB, Updated 07-17-17)

Strong Communities

IUW advocates for:

  • Universal access to quality 2-1-1.
  • Indiana’s 2-1-1 network to provide an effective an efficient alternative to the duplicative 1-800 numbers, databases and outreach campaigns operated by government.
  • State funding for Indiana’s 2-1-1.
  • Foundations of the Charitable Sector, such as giving incentives, volunteerism, tax exemption and nonprofit accountability.
  • The Charitable deduction.
  • Property tax exemption for charitable uses.
  • Fair government contracting practices for nonprofits.


IUW Comments on Nonprofit Property Tax Exemption (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 148 KB, 12-16-15)

Tax Exempt Properties by County

    United Way Worldwide Documents

United Way Worldwide (UWW) is a leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways around the globe and in the United States. Program, funding and advocacy decisions are made by independent local and state United Ways and Funds. IUW works closely with UWW on policy priorities that most closely align with the needs in Indiana.

Policy Agenda 115th Congress

UWW Values and Advocacy Checklist (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 219 KB, Updated 08-10-15)

Advocacy and Network Citizenship Guidelines (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 1.23 MB, Updated 08-10-15)

Advocate for Impact: Policy Guide for State and Local United Ways (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 897 KB, Updated 08-10-15)