To advocate is to support or speak in favor of something. When you advocate for United Way, you show your support for the common good. You let people know that you care about making positive changes in the Suncoast Region. For many, advocating will be word of mouth. For others, it’s simply wearing the LIVE UNITED shirt. For some, it will be sharing your story on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, writing a letter to the editor or speaking up in a community forum about how to better the Suncoast Region.

Advocating is also about government engagement. United Way Suncoast and United Way Worldwide are involved in many aspects of public policy. To find out more, check out the 2018 Florida United Way Legislative Agenda, developed by the 32 United Ways across Florida, or United Way Worldwide’s Public Policy and Advocacy.

Public Policy Advocacy

United Way believes government plays a critical role in creating change that can improve people’s lives. But government cannot do it alone. Neither can United Way and the rest of the nonprofit sector.

United Way actively engages in public policy advocacy to develop partnerships that include local, state, and federal governments – along with the private and nonprofit sectors.

Public Policy Vision Statement

To establish United Way Suncoast as a valued leader and vital resource for representatives of local, state, and federal government in the development and enactment of legislation, regulations, and procedures that are beneficial to the citizens of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties, as well as to United Way and its constituents.

Public Policy Committee

  • Develops annual public policy agendas
  • Builds corresponding policy engagement plans
  • Cultivates relationships with elected officials

2021 Chair, Public Policy Advisory Committee

Stuart Rogel
Graylan Ventures
United Way Board of Directors

For more information, please contact Tampa Bay Area President, Emery Ivery at

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