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United Foundation Agency Relations Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002532
The United Foundation Agency Relations Department Records consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, and proposals reflecting the operations of the department, including the United Foundation’s relationship with participating agencies and the processes by which agencies requested and received funding from the United Foundation.

Important Subjects: Detroit (Mich.) Public welfare United Foundation

Important Names: Cousin, Jacques Howell, H. Clay Huegli, Richard F. Laidlaw, Walter Liner, Myron L. Ridge, James A.
Series Description: Series 1: Priorities Committee, 1951-1992 Series 2: Allocations, 1949-1992 Series 3: Agency Fundraising, 1969-1988 Series 4: UCS Central Budget Committee, 1971-1987 Series 5: Program Reviews, 1971-1978 Series 6: Subject Files, 1949-1989 Series 7: Agency Files, 1948-1993

Dates

  • 1948 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

59 Linear Feet (59 SB)

Abstract

Walter Laidlaw established the United Foundation in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charitable organizations. The goal of the United Foundation was to centralize fund raising efforts and generate mass fund raising campaigns, such as the Torch Drive, which was first held in 1949. The United Foundation was closely affiliated with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and became affiliated with the national United Way organization beginning with the United Way’s conception in 1970. The organization retained the name United Foundation until 1989, at which time it changed its name to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to better reflect its associated with the national United Way. It was known as such until its merger with the United Community Services in 1995, at which point it became known as the United Way Community Services. The United Foundation’s Agency Relations Department was responsible for organizational functions related to funding and communicating with participating United Foundation agencies, including determining United Foundation funding priorities, receiving and assessing agency budget proposals, allocating funds to agencies, and maintaining relationships with participating agencies.

The United Foundation Agency Relations Department Records consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, and proposals reflecting the operations of the department, including the United Foundation’s relationship with participating agencies and the processes by which agencies requested and received funding from the United Foundation.

History

Walter Laidlaw established the United Foundation in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charitable organizations. The goal of the United Foundation was to centralize fund raising efforts and generate mass fund raising campaigns, such as the Torch Drive, which was first held in 1949. The United Foundation was closely affiliated with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and became affiliated with the national United Way organization beginning with the United Way’s conception in 1970. The organization retained the name United Foundation until 1989, at which time it changed its name to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to better reflect its associated with the national United Way. It was known as such until its merger with the United Community Services in 1995, at which point it became known as the United Way Community Services. The United Foundation’s Agency Relations Department was responsible for organizational functions related to funding and communicating with participating United Foundation agencies, including determining United Foundation funding priorities, receiving and assessing agency budget proposals, allocating funds to agencies, and maintaining relationships with participating agencies.

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-16), Series 2 (Boxes 16-21), Series 3 (Boxes 21-23), Series 4 (Boxes 23-24), Series 5 (Boxes 24-25), Series 6 (Boxes 25-28), Series 7 (Boxes 29-59). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

Records deposited by the United Foundation/United Way Community Services in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997.

Related Materials

United Community Services, United Foundation, United Way Community Services, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan collections.

Transfers

[List and location of collection materials not stored with manuscript materials i.e., AV, microfilm, etc.]

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Dallas Pillen on December 22, 2014. Modified by Kris Kniffen on October 29, 2015.
Title
Guide to the United Foundation Agency Relations Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Dallas Pillen.
Date
2014-12-22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2015-10-29: Modified by Kris Kniffen.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA