Private Equity / Venture Capital

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United Way’s relationship with the private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) industry has been built over the course of more than 25 years, and includes a major fundraising event as well as the development of signature volunteer projects and partnerships on United Way strategic initiatives.


For more than 25 years, hundreds of us – from the most influential leaders to the newest associates – have joined together for a high-powered networking and even higher-powered community impact. We’ve raised more than $20 million over the years, to support United Way’s work to help strengthen our communities. Again this year, we’re teaming up with the United Way Thanksgiving Project to provide a week’s worth of groceries to local families experiencing food insecurity over the holidays.

Thursday, November 15, 2022
6:00 – 9:00PM


Impact of United Way and the PE/VC Industry

  • The industry raises an annual $2.3 million to support United Way programs through the Breakfast, workplace campaigns, and individual philanthropic support.
  • In 2021, the industry raised nearly $400k and contributed 300 hours of volunteer work toward providing Thanksgiving meals to 18,000 families
  • The PE/VC Leadership Council acted as a strategic partner for the DRIVE Initiative, a data-driven program that screened over 14,000 children for developmental delays.
  • In only four years, the PE/VC Council has raised over $170,000 while contributing over 1,150 hours of volunteer work and over 800 hours of strategic consulting.
  • Industry leaders aided in the launch and execution of United Way’s Pay for Success program targeting chronic homelessness, which successfully housed over 1055 individuals.

Participating Firms Include:

  • ABRY Partners
  • Advent International Corporation
  • Audax Group
  • Bain Capital, LLC
  • Battery Ventures
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • DDJ Capital Management
  • General Catalyst
  • Great Elm Capital Group
  • Great Hill Partners LLC
  • Guidepost Growth Equity
  • Harbourvest Partners
  • J.W. Childs Associates
  • M33 Growth
  • M/C Partners
  • Parthenon Capital
  • Polaris Partners
  • Providence Equity Partners
  • Riverside Partners
  • Summit Partners
  • Symmetric Partners
  • TA Associates Mgmt., L.P.
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners

Change can’t happen without you. Opportunities include:

  • Numerous events geared toward involving families and kids
  • Hands-on volunteer events exclusively for the PE/VC community
  • Skills-based projects leveraging strategy and analytics
  • Sponsorships for industry events and volunteer projects
  • Opportunities to serve on the boards of United Way-funded agencies

For more information, please contact United Way Engagement Team at