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On August 3, 1988, BankWest Inc hosted 36 business, community and government leaders for dinner. The meeting, moderated by Bob Brancel, had as guest speakers, William Barlow, President and Ted Muenster, Chairman of the Board of the Sioux Empire United Way, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide the guest speakers the opportunity of discussing United Way and answering community questions.

Following the program, it was the unanimous consensus of those present that the United Way program should be implemented for the Pierre – Fort Pierre area.

Seven people volunteered to serve on a Steering Committee to begin the implementation. Following a news release of the meeting, six additional people requested the opportunity to become involved and were added to the committee.

Following that day, on an initial donation of $50 for expenses, the Pierre – Fort Pierre United Way began its journey towards becoming a reality in 1989. Additional funding came from a $3,500 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation and $6,640 advanced gifts from leading businesses.

In 2004, the Pierre – Fort Pierre United Way celebrated its 15th anniversary. To better reflect our service area of Hughes and Stanley counties, as well as to allow for possible expansion in the future, the Pierre – Fort Pierre United Way officially changed our name to Capital Area United Way (CAUW) in the spring of 2004.

Today, the CAUW is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors, allocates monies to local agencies and supports programs such as Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Girls on the Run/Girls on Track.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CAUW is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.


CAUW is an independent non-profit organization, which is locally funded and operated. We are a member of United Way Worldwide. Two percent of our previous year’s campaign is paid to UWW for support, issue lobbying, training, advertising, use of the United Way logo, products and services. United Way Worldwide has no control on how we operate or to whom we allocate funding.