EO’s mission is to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so that people and communities can thrive.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Together, we can create endless opportunities for our region to thrive.

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EO is governed by an active, responsible, and voluntary governing board to ensure effective governance over our policies and financial resources of the organization. To view a complete listing of our board members, click here.


EO’s volunteers, employees and representatives have a responsibility to uphold the highest ethical standards. We believe these standards go beyond compliance with laws and regulations — calling us to fulfill higher obligations as stewards of the public trust. United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Code of Ethics, which also includes our Conflicts of Interest Policy, sets forth standards and responsibilities toward this end. The Board of Directors approves the code annually and each board member is required to personally certify their compliance to it.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Anti-Racism Statement

EO strives to always be diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We seek to represent and advocate for all who make up our community. Our organization employs and promotes individuals, recruits volunteers, and partners with programs that inclusively support the diversity across our region.

In all levels of staff and governance, EO is dedicated to greater diversity within the organization and to providing equal opportunity, without regard to race, religion, skin color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental abilities, genetic information, pregnancy, disability, age, family or marital status, veteran status and socio-economic status or other characteristics protected by applicable law. EO works to address equity and build greater opportunity for all community members.  We unequivocally stand against racism and ethnic discrimination.  We acknowledge that racism and ethnic discrimination have contributed to inequities in opportunities. EO strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized.  We work with residents and public and private partners to create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging resources to create more equitable communities.

We believe that each EO community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to addressing community issues. We recognize that we have the role, responsibility, and opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations throughout our region to close equity gaps.


EO is in compliance with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Patriot Act and other counter-terrorism laws. Affirmative action is taken to prevent technical, in-kind, or other resources from inadvertently being used for illegal acts and terrorist activities.


The purpose of the Whistleblower Policy is to provide a way for staff and volunteers who believe inappropriate financial transactions, harassment or discrimination are occurring within EO to report such action to those in authority and be protected for doing so.


The Sarbanes-Oxley Act addresses the destruction of business records and documents and turns intentional document destruction into a process that must be carefully monitored. It is the purpose of this policy to will eliminate accidental or innocent destruction. In addition, it is important for administrative personnel to know the length of time records should be retained to be in compliance.


EO will safeguard the privacy of all contributors. Information about donors to United Way will be held in strict confidence. All information regarding donor gifts, names, addresses, or any other information shall be held by staff and volunteers in a confidential manner. No lists will be provided or sold for any reason

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