We believe we have a responsibility, both to our donors and to our community, to ensure that the dollars people entrust to us are invested in ways that will produce the greatest measurable impact on lives, enabling our region to thrive. Our investment strategy unites our network of more than 120 partner agencies under a set of shared goals and ties our funding to the achievement of specific measurements, increasing our likelihood of driving substantial change in our region.
How do I know that my contribution will be well spent?
United Way rigorously studies, personally inspects and re-qualifies each organization it supports — every year. Our staff and hundreds of volunteer experts evaluate and assist funded agencies to deliver their services effectively and efficiently — by offering technical assistance and training; fiscal management and operations guidance; volunteer and board member recruitment, and much more.
We maximize your contribution.
We take the business of investing and managing your gift very seriously. In fiscal year 2011 we averaged 15.7% in administrative and fundraising costs. Our performance exceeds Better Business Bureau guidelines, due to stringent cost controls and to the dedication of thousands of volunteers. Our extremely low overhead ensures that the vast majority of your money goes to people in need. For more specific financial details, look under recommended links on the right side of this page.