United Way of Allen County is a locally controlled non-profit organization dedicated to helping build a stronger community by improving lives and providing lasting change. United Way partners with 37 local non-profit agencies. The funds are allocated by volunteers who carefully examine each program and its results. United Way of Allen County also seeks to make a lasting impact by leading several initiatives in addition to funding programs in the four priority areas: education, income, health and basic needs.

No. United Way of Allen County is an autonomous local organization. All funding policies and decisions are made by volunteers and approved by the local board of directors. The organization receives services from United Way Worldwide, an organization that assists more than 1,800 local United Ways with: market research information, training opportunities, use of the United Way logo, and relationships with major national employers as well as the National Football League (NFL).

United Way of Allen County is a volunteer-driven organization. Its board of directors is composed of knowledgeable community leaders, all of whom live and/or work in Allen County. The board establishes policy and allocates resources to ensure that United Way is properly managed. 

Trained volunteers work on Investment Teams which study community issues and the best ways to address them. The volunteer groups make recommendations on funding, identify programs that will help the community reach goals and even recommend partnerships or changes in public policy that should be adopted to influence change. United Way's board of directors makes final funding decisions. 

United Way provides funding for programs at 37 local nonprofits, which provide direct services. United Way of Allen County also leads several initiatives in the four priority areas: education, income, health and basic needs. To learn more about United Way’s initiative work, please click here.

People can inquire about openings on United Way’s board and committees, assist with the annual Day of Caring or help run a workplace fundraising campaign. Many volunteers are needed on Investment Teams that review program funding applications and ensure agencies are meeting United Way standards. Hundreds of volunteers are also needed to work with local children who need help with reading skills. For volunteer opportunities with children, volunteers should visit www.UWEducationNetwork.org. For general United Way opportunities volunteers should call 260-422-4776.

One gift addresses many needs- United Way of Allen County helps meet short-term needs (such as food, shelter and health care), while at the same time meeting long-term needs (such as educational support and counseling) in order to promote self-sufficiency.
 
Oversight- United Way volunteers ensure that all funded partners and funded programs meet strict standards for governance, financial management, operations and diversity and inclusiveness.
 
Coordination- United Way of Allen County recruits the people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. For example, United Way is helping coordinate a local response to national changes in programming for the homeless and United Way’s Education Network brings together a group of local early childhood and youth-serving organizations to find ways to help more area children.
 
 

United Way of Allen County supports local services, and United Way services are available to people who live OR work in Allen County. Some services are not available in smaller communities, so people in those areas depend on accessing them in Allen County. You also have the option to give to a United Way in another community through United Way of Allen County.

Your financial and volunteer support ensures that help is available to people in need in our community. In the end, strengthening individuals and families ripples out to our entire community, helping us all. 

United Way staff and volunteers believe strongly that giving is a personal choice. In fact, United Way encourages peer solicitation and employee meetings specifically to avoid the possibility of coercion and to give interested individuals the opportunity to be both informed about, and involved in, the United Way mission. Any pressure is contradictory to agency operating principles. If you feel pressured to give, United Way recommends you discuss your discomfort with your campaign coordinator.

United Way of Allen County’s fundraising and administrative costs are consistently under 20 percent. Better Business Bureau guidelines state that no more than 35 percent of an agency’s dollars be spent on fundraising and administrative costs.

United Way’s three-year average for overhead costs (fundraising and administrative costs) is 15.06 percent. United Way of Allen County is Better Business Bureau Accredited, meets United Way of America membership standards and has a 4 out of 4-star rating for Charity Navigator. 

 

Yes. Please call the finance office at 260-422-4776.

After United Way of Allen County pays membership dues to United Way Worldwide (1%) and the Indiana association of United Ways (0.2%), all money raised during campaign stays in Allen County unless a donor has designated it to another United Way.

Yes, you can designate your gift. United Way of Allen County will direct designated gifts ($50 or more) to funded partners or to United Ways in other communities. When you designate a gift, those dollars are forwarded to the agency in addition to any other funding that each agency receives from United Way.

Designated gifts are used at the agency’s discretion and are not monitored by United Way to ensure contributions are achieving measurable results. United Way has no control over the outcomes generated by these designated donations.

UWAC retains 18% of the actual amount collected on designated pledges to our local funded partners in order to cover the fundraising and processing costs. UWAC retains 10% of designated gifts to United Ways/Funds that are part of the Northeast Indiana Consortium and 15% on gifts to other United Ways. No other fees or percentages are charged against these gifts. 

 

No. United Way invests in more than 60 programs and services in our community, none of which provide abortions; there are no plans to fund organizations or programs that engage in this practice.

UWAC recognizes that abortion is an issue that evokes strong emotions in our community. At the same time, the pro-choice / pro-life debate is a controversial and potentially divisive subject. It is essential that United Way not participate in this debate on issues of morality if it is to sustain the community consensus required to be effective. United Way can best serve Allen County if it is kept outside a pro-choice / pro-life debate.

A full list of our funded partners can be found here.

United Way of Allen County is committed to the principle of inclusion and expects the organization and its representatives to act in ways that respect, support and protect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person. In support of this commitment United Way has adopted the following diversity and inclusion policy:
 
The officers, directors, committee members, employees and persons served by this agency shall be selected entirely on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, disability or any other barriers to participation.
 
United Way also respects and values the diversity of opinion in the community and seeks to partner with other organizations that share similar goals for the community, including a commitment to diversity and inclusion that is both legal and appropriate for that organization.  Funded partners are required to submit their own board approved statement or policy on inclusiveness and diversity and evidence that their board has reviewed the policy annually for compliance.  Any board approved policy that does not address all the components of diversity and inclusion as outlined in the UWAC policy may result in a determination that the agency does not meet this standard. Such determination will be made with due consideration of the uniqueness of each organization. In the absence of a policy, the agency and its board must affirm that it supports, follows and demonstrates compliance with United Way’s policy.
 
With respect to clients served by services funded by United Way, funded partners must also submit a board approved affirmation stating that they do not discriminate with respect to age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other barriers to participation, except as clearly outlined in their request for funding and appropriate to their focus and mission.
 
United Way’s standards committee, the volunteer group that reviews adherence to guidelines such as inclusiveness policies, reviews these documents every other year. In addition, all United Way agency partners go through a comprehensive review process every three years for funding. Trained volunteers examine all funding requests in detail to ensure that funded services achieve measurable goals in one or more of our seven outcomes. These volunteers then make funding recommendations to the volunteer Board of Directors, which reviews these recommendations and makes the final funding decision. Funding is provided for individual services, not for overall agency operations. Funded services must address issues in four priority areas: education, income, health and basic needs.
 

No. Education reform issues, including those about charter schools, are being addressed by a wide range of stakeholders in the community and United Way of Allen County leadership does not believe this is our role. 

No. United Way does not share donor information with third parties. Donor information is used soley by United Way to thank donors, request contributions and inform donors of the results obtained through the use of their gift. Donor information is confidential and can only be accessed by United Way employees in the course of their duties with the organization. 

United Way of Allen County provides funding for specific programs that address the targeted needs of our community assessment, Goals for the Common Good. These needs are revealed in our bi-annual Community Assessment, a comprehensive document that helps set our funding priorities. These dollars come from our general Community Fund and are allocated by volunteers in the community who review grant requests for program funding from our agency partners.
 
No monies from this pool of funds are given directly to our agency partners to use at their discretion. Funds are used only to support those identified programs which our funded partners administer.
 
This practice of program funding began in 1996 and was meant to make the most of the dollars available by making sure they are used in an efficient and effective manner. These targeted programs are held to strict accountability standards and are reviewed on an every-other-year basis to coincide with our funding cycle.