Q: What is Community Investment?
The best choice for positive change, United Way Community Investment is the giving option focused on advancing the common good. Our community priorities to advance the common good are:
- Education: When our children are ready for kindergarten and stay on track to graduation, they are better prepared for the future and contribute to stronger and more vibrant communities.
- Financial Security: When families have the tools to be financially stable and independent, neighborhoods become stronger, our schools improve, and our businesses prosper.
- Health: When our neighbors are healthy, they can focus on what’s important—at home, at school and at work. Health is a key building block for a strong community.
- Basic Needs: When our basic needs are met, we are healthier, more financially stable, our kids do better in school, and our communities are stronger and more vibrant.
These priorities are interconnected and allow us to provide opportunities for a better life for all.
Q: I would like to designate my gift to a specific agency. How do I do this?
You may designate a portion or all of your gift to any qualified not-for-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. For a list of our partners, click here.
There is an area on the pledge card underneath our Community Investment option that is labeled “Other”. Please use that area to provide the agency’s name, address, and phone number.
Designated gifts through the United Way Campaign are subject to a 10% fee, which includes administrative and fund-raising costs, capped at $100 per designated gift (assessed on a pro rata basis upon gift proceeds received). No fees are deducted by United Way from gifts to Community Health Charities (CHC) or its member or associate charities; CHC deducts its own administrative fee from its members.
Please note: Agency designated gifts are not monitored and United Way cannot ensure their results.
Q: I would like to designate my gift to a specific agency, but I do not know the designation code.
We can look up the designation code in our database and provide it to you. However, if we are unable to locate a designation code for your agency, we will research your agency and create a code upon receiving your pledge card. Any information you can provide about your agency is helpful.
Q: How will I be acknowledged by the agency?
By checking the box that reads: "Please check here if you want to be acknowledged by the agency you have designated."
The agency that you designated to will receive a report that lists your name and gift amount. If this box is left unchecked we will pass along the gift, but list you as anonymous.
Q: Does United Way charge a fee for contributions designated to agencies?
Yes, contributions designated to agencies through the United Way Campaign are subject to a 10% fee capped at $100 per designated gift (assessed on a pro-rata basis upon gift proceeds received). This fee includes administrative and fundraising costs.
Q: How do you calculate the amount paid out to the agencies I chose?
United Way pays when your gift is received from you or from your employer via payroll deductions. For payroll deduction gifts, collections are tracked when provided by the employer. When donor detail is not provided on payroll payments, payments are applied proportionately to all payroll donors for that company.
The amount that is paid to the agency you designated to also depends on the timing of payments received from you or your company. United Way uses a cutoff date on or before the end of the month preceding payout.
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