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Fifty nine years ago, a small group of area businessmen started the Brookings United Charities.  In 1955, familiar Brookings names like Fishback, Kendall, Sexauer, Dalthorp, Blauert, McCann and Chapman aspired to receive gifts and administer them for charitable, educational, civic and philanthropic uses.  The name was then changed to Brookings United Fund and now serves as Brookings Area United Way.  Although the board members and dollar amounts raised has changed through the years, the purpose stays the same:

Brookings Area United Way: Uniting people, sharing resources, inspriring hope, and enriching lives for a stronger Brookings County.

Donations to the Brookings Area United Way are distributed exclusively to Brookings Area United Way Partner Agencies selected by our board of directors.  Our local leaders agree that Brookings Area United Way shall not fund agencies or requests that could be detrimental to the community as a whole due to their controversial nature.  It is essential that local groups and individuals recognize that United Way funds are designed to focus on advancing the common good and not to promote political issues including, but not limited to, the pro-life/pro-choice debate.