About Us

The Town of Palm Beach United Way, previously known as the Palm Beach Community Chest, was founded in 1945 with the objective to raise and allocate funds to area charitable and philanthropic organizations.

Over the years, our United Way has raised over $136 million to help those in Palm Beach County who need it the most.

Our Mission

To create long-lasting and measurable changes that improve lives and build strong communities throughout Palm Beach County by ensuring everyone has access to the building blocks for a good quality of life: education, health and financial stability.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

At the Town of Palm Beach United Way, we believe in an open and inclusive Palm Beach County. We work to break racial barriers and bridge equity gaps in education, the workforce, government and all sectors of our community. We believe that diversity in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective helps generate stronger and more creative ideas to solve the complex problems of our ever-changing community. We denounce all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic discrimination. They have no place in our society and undermine our efforts to create a community where all people can realize their full potential.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

We believe that each Town of Palm Beach United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.


In March 1945, a group of civic leaders on the island of Palm Beach felt their fundraising efforts would be more effective if they separated from the Community Chest of the Palm Beaches. They decided to establish an organization of their own, operated entirely within Palm Beach, under the sole direction of Palm Beach residents. R. Stuyvesant Pierrepont was elected as the first president and the first campaign set the goal of $64,177. The campaign exceeded its goal, raising $70,575 to support 13 nonprofit agencies in Palm Beach County. Four of the original organizations are still funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way today.  

In the past 78 years the population of Palm Beach County has exploded from an estimated 100,000 in 1945 to nearly 1.5 million today. Society has changed, needs have changed, but the Town of Palm Beach United Way has kept its mission of improving lives and building a stronger, healthier community for all residents.

Click here to read about our 75 year history