Why should I
give to United Way instead of directly to an agency?
through the United Way allows you to use payroll deduction
and spread your gift over 12 months. Giving through United
Way assures you that your contribution is carefully
monitored by volunteers to make sure that the agency you
support is spending its dollars wisely and is managed
responsibly. You can support services to your Island County
neighbors served by the 22 member agencies. One gift can
help infants, families, emergency needs and seniors.
administrative costs are very low, in-fact, they are 16%.
25% is considered acceptable in the fields of social
Why should I
give through Island County, if contribution goes through my
spouse's work in another county?
Your gift is
appreciated, but dollars given through your work in another
county may not help in Island County unless you designate
United Way of Island County.
What if my
employer cuts my hours and I cannot afford to give the money I
situation changes, your employer can adjust the amount being
withheld from your paycheck. If you give directly to United
Way of Island County, a telephone call to us is all you need
to make an adjustment.
pressured to give at work and resent this.
You have every
right to resent pressure to give. United Way of Island County
does not want our contributors to feel pressured to give. We
have a strong policy against coercion. If you feel you were
pressured to give, please call our office and let us know.
What if I
want all my money to go to one agency?
that agency on your pledge form. If the agency is not already
a member of United Way of Island County, the agency must be a
501(c)3. Ask to be acknowledged and you can expect to receive
a note of thanks from the agency you choose to support.
What if I
don't want any part of my contribution to go to a certain
Just write the
name of that agency under the "negative designation" line on
your pledge card.
there is a great need to support families, what agency should
Give to the
Community Fund and volunteers will see that your contribution
goes to meet that need if you indicate that interest on your
an agency want to be a partner member of United Way?
agencies pass strict reviews of their financial management and
the worth and legitimacy of their program. Even though
agencies receive money from other sources, United Way funds
are often the core of their yearly income. United Way
membership is also an important endorsement of the quality of
United Way make funding for their services?
review agency budget and service plans for human care needs.
Information and agency visits are the basis for funding
Why do some
agencies charge for their services?
funded agencies are used by people at every income level and
state of need. Even though United Way support is substantial,
it covers only part of the average agency's needs. One way to
cover this shortfall is by charging a fee to people who can
afford to pay. Most United Way agencies have a sliding fee
scale based on an individual's income level.
I only live
on Whidbey/Camano part of the year, why should I give to
We ask that you
remember that there are human service needs in Island County
that go unmet each year because so many residents of the
Islands live here only part-time and work in other counties.
When you give at work, your entire gift stays to provide
services in that county. Each United Way is independent and
funds services for people living and using in their county.
All are willing to see that a part or your entire gift returns
to Island County if you make that request.