United Way of New York City’s
Gridiron Gala

For more than 40 years, United Way and the National Football League have teamed up to improve the lives of young people across the country. In New York City, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and United Way of New York City (UWNYC) have partnered up to help children and families living in some of our City’s most-challenged neighborhoods.

The 29th Annual Gridiron Gala is a celebration of the impact our partnership has made and a call for a continued collaboration to support the communities that UWNYC serves. Since its inception, the Gridiron Gala has raised nearly $34 million to help fund its impactful initiatives and programs for children and their families throughout the five boroughs.

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income New Yorkers make ends meet and lead self-sufficient lives. Working in the poorest communities we ensure that individuals and families are never one paycheck away from hunger or homelessness, that children can dare to dream and build a future for themselves, and that cross-sector partners can collaborate to provide the resources and infrastructure necessary to support community needs.  We believe that when all New Yorkers have a fair chance to succeed, our City succeeds too.  Learn more at www.unitedwaynyc.org.


To help mobilize our communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all.


We envision a community where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. A community that is increasing reading proficiency for children, building career pathways toward employer-driven jobs, expanding the emergency food system, and helping to reform the criminal justice system—all to provide a more equitable chance at future success.