Women United

Women United is a global movement of diverse women leaders. Founded and led by women, Women United recognizes the enormous power and influence of women in philanthropy. Over the past 15 years, more than 70,000 women leaders around the world have collectively raised more than $1 million for their local communities. 



Women have historically been leaders of social change through their steadfast commitments of time, ingenuity and financial resources. Women United is a powerful network inspiring women to be role models of generosity, advocates for important causes and volunteers for change. 




Women United combines the financial power and collective talents of philanthropic women leaders to address early childhood literacy in our community by conducting year-round activities such as book fairs, volunteer reading events, book drives and distributions, networking events and volunteer projects. Women United also hosts our signature event, the Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast.


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) is focused on Uniting a Force Against Poverty in our community. Women United recognizes that early childhood education is an efficient and effective investment for economic and workforce development. The earlier the investment, the greater the return on investment, because 90% of a child's brain development occurs by age 5.

  • Only 40% of third grade children are proficient in reading and writing as measured by the Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teachers (AZ MERIT) in 2014.
  • Students who fail to reach this critical milestone often falter in later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma.
  • In 2015, 14.7% of 16-24 year olds were not in school or working.




JOIN US. Membership is open to all women who invest $1,000 or more in UWTSA. For more information, call LaVonne Douville at 520.903.3942 or email womenleaders@unitedwaytucson.org.