Imagine a community that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone, where all children enter the school system ready to learn, where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends, where everyone receives effective healthcare. NAUW is the local non-profit leader in funding measurable solutions to improve our community through better access to healthcare, increased educational opportunities and financial stability.

Our Vision:To lead in meeting the needs of education, health, and financial stability in our community.

Our Mission: To match resources with needs in order to empower people in the Nacogdoches area to make a difference.

The Nacogdoches Area United Way partners with local non-profit agencies and organizations to improve our community. 

​​In addition to the  local agencies and organizations that NAUW funds , NAUW works with local, state and national programs and organizations to meet needs in the areas of health, education, financial stability and crisis management.

Partner allocations

Every year a group of volunteers from the community participate in an all-day agency request review. During this allocation review event each agency who is requesting funds from United Way makes a presentation to explain the work that they are doing in the community, what the funds are needed for and they also provide financial stability information. After all of the presentations are completed the committee makes recommendations to the UW board for approval. As stewards of the community donations raised throughout the year it is imperative that careful scrutiny of the impact of the funds is implemented. 

Our work

Collective Impact

​Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant and a select group of graduate students from the SFA School of Social Work is conducting an assessment of services provided by agencies in Nacogdoches. These agencies are funded by Nacogdoches Area United Way.  Service providers and clients receiving services are participating in focus groups and interviews. The assessment will explore whether our funding is effective and if we are utilizing the best resources. It is anticipated that the results will indicate if we are addressing the highest priorities in our community. The Collective Impact model shows that collaboration between agencies and individuals will create the greatest effect on moving people out of the cycle of poverty.

Laurie Hurst

Chair Elect
Robert Rasberry

Past Chair
Sheri Howard

Jeff Patterson

Kinnie Reina

Dustin Beavers
Hanna Perry Bjerch-Anderson
Laurie Brown
Wendy Buchanan
Uzoa Darwichzada
Ralph Ervin
Nikki Evans-Wallace
John Fleming
Grace Handler
Claudann Jones
Chaunsea Keller
Hendrix King
Sydney Kroll
Patrick Lanmon
Maury Littleton
Andy Matthews
Matt McDanniel
Gregg Nichols
Emmerente Oliphant
Betty Shinn
Veronica Weaver
Amanda Windham
Nancy Wright

Gary Lee Ashcraft

Caroline Garner

Board Roster