United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey aims to "harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable results that improve the lives of people in our region." The Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey chapter is part of United Way of America, which has more than 1,200 offices across the country addressing pressing community concerns through a focus on improving education, financial stability and health. In 2012, seven chapters in South Jersey and Pennsylvania merged to form this chapter.
Jill Michal currently serves as president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Michal has spearheaded an effort to address underlying institutional problems in the Philadelphia education system. Before becoming president and CEO, Michal served a number of roles at United Way, including director of finance, vice president of finance and operations, executive vice president, and chief financial officer. She is also active with the United Way Worldwide Financial Issues Committee, which develops financial standards and guidelines for United Way across the country. Before beginning her work with United Way in December 2001, Michal worked with Arthur Andersen, LLP, focusing on health care and not-for-profits. She presently sits as a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. She is also on the audit committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation.