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    It is that time again folks, time for your employers to hit you up for their united way campaign. In the past I have given in and donated to this. But after doing some research, I am not sure I can support this charity. What do others think?

    One of the things that concerns me is how much $$ actually gets distributed vs how much lines the pockets of the UW's execs pockets. I know the CEO makes in the millions vs the salvation army's CEO who makes $13,000/yr.

    Now I am not saying I am not donating at all, I think we are going to take our 2007 united way contribution and move it to the Animal Rescue League instead, so no, I am not 100% evil.


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    Re: United Way

    I always earmark it to a certain charity w/in United Way. It makes me feel a bit better about where my money is going.



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    my donations go to the Rotary Foundation. 100% gets used for work, no admin/salary fees.

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    Yeah I quit on the United Way a few years ago. I look for places that help children with illnesses and animal shelters.



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    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    my donations go to the Rotary Foundation. 100% gets used for work, no admin/salary fees.

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    Yeah that is what concerns me about the united way. They don't give 100% back. It seems like they spend too much time tooting their own horn and trying to get into corporations automatic payroll deduction, than they do doing community projects.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Yeah that is what concerns me about the united way. They don't give 100% back. It seems like they spend too much time tooting their own horn and trying to get into corporations automatic payroll deduction, than they do doing community projects.
    in fact, your money sits for 3 years gaining interest before it hits the field.

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    I volunteered my time this year to help one of the local agencies with landscaping.

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    Re: United Way

    I think I read somewhere that nationally (and it differs from local UW to local) 87% of the money goes to the agencies. At my previous employer I was already giving directly to two UW agencies, so they got 100% of my money. When I started there, I couldn't in good faith now run that through the company UW campaign just so the company could get credit. That made me somewhat of an outcast but they also couldn't counter the argument. By the way I think 13% is actually considered to be fairly acceptable for most charities, but I could be wrong. I think it's a good organization if you are too lazy to give directly to an agency who will then get all your money, and will likely take 15% for their admin costs. I hate pressure that they put on you at work to give though. Nothing like peer pressure to make you give. But the UW has mastered the game. No employer wants to show poorly.


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    I agree. I give my money to other organizations.


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    Re: United Way

    I donate to the Animal Rescue League and multiple charity events that my friends take part in (ALS, Susan Koman, etc).


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    Re: United Way

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    It is that time again folks, time for your employers to hit you up for their united way campaign. In the past I have given in and donated to this. But after doing some research, I am not sure I can support this charity. What do others think?

    One of the things that concerns me is how much $$ actually gets distributed vs how much lines the pockets of the UW's execs pockets. I know the CEO makes in the millions vs the salvation army's CEO who makes $13,000/yr.

    Now I am not saying I am not donating at all, I think we are going to take our 2007 united way contribution and move it to the Animal Rescue League instead, so no, I am not 100% evil.
    You can't lump all of the chapters together. If you check some of the places that rank charities, different United Way chapters rank very differently. I did a quick check on the United Way of Central Iowa and it is ranked four stars out of four here (the same site ranks other 14 of the 141 chapters as 1 star):

    Charity Navigator - Your Search Results

    That being said, I quit giving to United Way of Central Iowa a couple of years ago, in favor of other charities.



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    If you work for Wells Fargo, you can elect to have your donation go to any charity you wish, so I donate to the ISU Foundation. Can't hurt.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    If you work for Wells Fargo, you can elect to have your donation go to any charity you wish, so I donate to the ISU Foundation. Can't hurt.
    See, I would rather have that than being guilted into the United Way. They make it sound like you have to donate or the company will find out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyGal View Post
    I always earmark it to a certain charity w/in United Way. It makes me feel a bit better about where my money is going.
    I've always wondered if this option is as straight forward as it appears to be. Two questions loom:

    If a specific charity gets X amount of money earmaked to them, is there any reduction in their percentage that year from the unspecified funds?

    If no reduction for the current year, is their share of the pie reduced the next year because they likely will continue to have additional funds directed to them.

    Anyone have any insight on this? The earmark program sounds good, but it doesn't seem to mesh with the stated objective of evaluating the total needs of each individual charity when setting donation budgets.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I've always wondered if this option is as straight forward as it appears to be. Two questions loom:

    If a specific charity gets X amount of money earmaked to them, is there any reduction in their percentage that year from the unspecified funds?

    If no reduction for the current year, is their share of the pie reduced the next year because they likely will continue to have additional funds directed to them.

    Anyone have any insight on this? The earmark program sounds good, but it doesn't seem to mesh with the stated objective of evaluating the total needs of each individual charity when setting donation budgets.
    Never thought of that before, all very good questions, of which I do not know the answer. I do know that every year I receive a letter in the mail from Hospice of Central Iowa thanking me for donating the entire amount that I donate to UW - directed towards them.



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