For more than 80 years, United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. It began during the Great Depression when a local Community Chest was founded to bring hope and prosperity to the community. Through recessions and depressions, in times of peace and war, and during local disasters, United Way and its partners stepped in and rose to the challenge.

As years passed, this organization was renamed Topeka United Funds, Inc. It was under this namesake the organization faced a monumental challenge: aiding the community after the infamous 1966 tornado.

In 1975 the organization became known as United Way of Greater Topeka facilitating volunteerism and coordinating advocacy efforts on local, state and national levels. In 2012, the organization shifted its focus to Community Impact, focusing on education,  income and health and partnering with community organizations in an effort to create positive sustainable change in the community.

In 2012, United Way of Greater Topeka began serving Jackson County which had previously been served by a volunteer United Way.