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 34 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 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.
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’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 Partner Agencies 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 Partner Agencies 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 agency partners can be found here.
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.