United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is proud to announce that it invested a record-breaking $543,114 into the community to change lives and help families break the cycle of poverty.


“This WLC investment is the culmination of a lot of hard work by thoughtful and good community leaders,” said UWSN President and CEO Bob Morgan. “It is very gratifying to partner with our WLC membership to invest in our community and support our shared vision to help kids and families progress toward financial independence through educational and employment skill attainment.”


This year marks the first year of United Way’s Community-Based Agenda (CBA), its road-map to improving lives focused on helping the whole family from cradle to career. It is based on providing strong starts for children and students while supporting their families to end multi-generational poverty and create lasting, transformational change for Southern Nevada.

“WLC is proud to serve as a pacesetter to move forward the dynamic cradle-to-career framework, a pipeline supporting children and families through early childhood education, high school achievement, post-secondary attainment, and workforce supports,” said WLC Co-chair Robyn Caspersen. By focusing in these four areas, WLC is laying the groundwork for impactful change and building on the positive change that has already occurred.

Through an intensive community review process, each of the programs funded by WLC listed below were carefully selected to kickstart this impact.

  • UNLV Foundation – Back on Track (BOT) Program

  • Tech Impact – ITWorks and CXWorks Las Vegas Workforce Development Programs for Young Adults

  • Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada – Preparing for Life Success: JA’s “High School Graduation+”

  • Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow – Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

  • Goodwill of Southern Nevada – The Career Connections Program

  • Spread the Word Nevada – Taylor Elementary School: Leaders for Literacy

  • Chicanos Por La Causa – College Access Program

  • Communities in Schools – Academy Class

  • Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship (administered through the Public Education Foundation)

To learn more about the Women’s Leadership Council or the funded programs, please contact United Way Senior Director Major Gifts Lawrel K. Larsen at 702-892-2319 or LawrelL@uwsn.org.


About Women’s Leadership Council

WLC is part of a national network of over 70,000 dedicated women philanthropists who have collectively raised over $1.5 billion in supporting United Way's mission to improve lives and build stronger communities. In southern Nevada, the WLC has raised over $2.2M since our inception, investing our dollars in projects which are changing lives. Visit uwsn.org/wlc to learn more.

Women’s Leadership Council Invests $543,114 to Help Families Attain Financial Independence