- What is United Way of Alamance County?
- Is United Way a national or local organization?
- Are all United Ways the same?
- Who decides where all the money goes once it's raised each year?
- Does all my contribution go to the agency?
- What are United Way of Alamance County's overhead costs?
- Will a processing fee be applied to my designation?
- Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?
- How do I know that my donation will help those who need it most?
- I am already on a tight budget. How can I afford to give?
- What criteria must Partner Agencies meet to be eligible for funding?
- Why should I give to the work of United Way of Alamance County instead of designating my donation directly to a United Way Partner Agency or other nonprofit organization?
- Does United Way of Alamance County support the Boy Scouts of America?
- Does United Way support Planned Parenthood?
- What does United Way of Alamance County do in addition to raising money?
- I've heard a lot of talk about LIVE UNITED. What is it?
- Why should I invest in the work of United Way of Alamance County?
- What is United Way's Community Fund?
- How is United Way of Alamance County held accountable?
- I had a friend, family member or neighbor who reached out to United Way but did not get help.
What is United Way of Alamance County?
For more than 90 years, we've been building caring communities where individuals and families are successful, stable and secure. Partnering with local leaders, volunteers, donors and other nonprofit organizations we seek out innovative solutions to address short-term individual needs and create long-term community results. United Way of Alamance County has three focus areas: financial stability, health, and education.
Is United Way a national or local organization?
"If you've seen one United Way, you've seen one United Way." A quote from our United Way of North Carolina President, James Morrison. It's a simple explanation, but difficult to understand. United Way of Alamance County is a local, autonomous nonprofit organization. With over 1,800 United Way Agencies in 44 countries worldwide, we have the benefit of being an easily recognizable brand, while still operating specific to the needs of our individual communities. United Way of Alamance County pays nominal dues to United Way of America in exchange for important cost-saving services such as staff training, community research information, campaign products, national marketing partnerships and ongoing consultation.
Are all United Ways the same?
We operate like siblings. Yes we look similar, but our focuses and areas of interest are specific to the communities we serve. United Way of Alamance County funds only the agencies who support the needs of this county as determined by our Community Assessment. Chances are, we do not support the same agencies as our neighbors due to the simple fact that each community has different needs and different agencies serving their area.
Who decides where all the money goes once it's raised each year?
All funding decisions are made by volunteers who serve on a Community Impact Issue Team, not by paid staff members. These volunteers spend approximately eight weeks reviewing grants submitted by agencies and hearing presentations given by agency directors. After considering each agency's request, the committees choose how to allocate funds to agencies.
Does all my contribution go to the agency?
There are costs related to our operations and fundraising campaign. These costs include printing of campaign materials, staff and office expenses, an amount of 22 cents for each dollar contributed. The Better Business Bureau states that charities should not spend more than 35 cents for each dollar contributed on operating expenses. We are proud to say that our United Way's 22 cents is below this national standard.
What are United Way of Alamance County's overhead costs?
United Way of Alamance County incurs costs for fundraising, marketing and common business operations such as accounting, human resources and organizational management. As careful stewards of our donors' contributions, United Way of Alamance County operates with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness. Eighteen percent is spent on administrative cost and fundraising and 78% is invested in local programs and initiatives that help struggling individuals, families and children throughout the community.
- The Community Fund - no fee
- United Way Partner(s) - no fee
- United Way Affiliate(s) - 10%
- Most other United Ways - 20%
- A 501(c)3 that is not one of our partner or affiliate agencies - 20%
- Fees are based on a three-year average.
How do I know that my donation will help those who need it most?
Local human care programs that receive United Way funding go through rigorous volunteer review. Each program is carefully reviewed and evaluated by trained and knowledgeable community volunteers. Volunteers carefully monitor community needs, meet with local health and human service agencies and review each agency's program funding request. This ensures your investment is going toward human care programs that are proven to obtain results and improve lives.
I am already on a tight budget. How can I afford to give?
The need is enormous and every contribution helps! Even a modest contribution helps improve the lives of many struggling families, individuals and children throughout Alamance County. By investing in our community through recurring gifts easily set up at your local bank branch, you can spread your contribution over the coming year - making it more manageable than a one-time contribution.
You may also choose to get involved by volunteering or advocating with United Way. As a volunteer and advocate you can lend your time, muscle and voice to help champion a cause. As a volunteer you can actively get involved with United Way. As an advocate you can share important information about key social issues with others. To learn more about volunteering with United Way, please contact Barrett Thompson or (336) 438-2000
What criteria must Partner Agencies meet to be eligible for funding?
United Way of Alamance County and our Partner Agencies collaborate to create solutions to serve our community's most pressing social issues. The relationship with our Partner Agencies is unique. It is characterized by cooperative efforts in community problem solving, outcome measurement of progress toward community problem solving, communication, United Way of Alamance County program funding support and fundraising. A Partner Agency is responsible for adhering to a number of compliance criteria in order to receive United Way program funding, including:
1. Be a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation
2. Provide health and human service programs in at least one of our three issue areas
3. Have active, rotating volunteer leadership that represents diverse elements of the community
4. Demonstrate sound financial and program management and be willing to make full disclosure
5. Provide timely financial and program outcome measurement
6. Annual compliance documentation required to be on file with United Way of Alamance County, including current USA Patriot Act certification form
Why should I give to the work of United Way of Alamance County instead of designating my donation directly to a United Way Partner Agency or other nonprofit organization?
No agency or program can do it alone. It takes coordination and an entire network of programs to keep our communities strong - and that's what United Way provides. An investment in the work of United Way of Alamance County allows you to tackle multiple social issues with one single contribution. United Way of Alamance County ensures that a strong network of programs is available to help many people in need. Donors can rest assured their investment is going toward programs that are carefully monitored by community volunteers and staff.
What does United Way of Alamance County do in addition to raising money?
United Way of Alamance County plays a unique and vital role in our community. In addition to raising money, United Way of Alamance County monitors community needs and critical social issues and develops and invests in best practices for long-term solutions. Click Here for a list of programs we operate in house.
How is United Way of Alamance County held accountable?
United Way of Alamance County prides itself on being a trustworthy and accountable organization. A volunteer committee of financial experts from the community meets year-round, monitoring the organization's financial position. Collectively, we maintain high standards of operation and are reviewed each year by an independent auditor, who verifies that our financial statements fairly present the financial position of United Way of Alamance County. In addition to posting our Form 990 on our website for public review, United Way of Alamance County is an active member of the Better Business Bureau, which recognizes businesses for maintaining high ethical standards and accountability in their business practices.
I had a friend, family member or neighbor who reached out to United Way but did not get help.
On behalf of United Way of Alamance County, we apologize for the fact that you did not receive the attention you needed. We would like the opportunity to speak with your friend, family member, neighbor, etc. and find out why he/she was not assisted. Although we attempt to help everyone who requests assistance, sometimes we are unable to address their specific situation for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the service they are seeking is not provided in our community, or they do not meet the eligibility requirements of the agency providing the program, or, they are requesting assistance outside of the scope of services provided. Agencies consider every situation on a case-by-case, individual basis, and act accordingly. United Way has no part in their decision-making process. Our role is to raise the money each year, which is then allocated to agencies who will make the most impact in our community.