United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our worldwide network is working to advance the common good in 47 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. With your help we can reignite a movement that is committed to creating opportunities for everyone.
With your support we can achieve these goals. Any gift to United Way is 100 percent tax deductible.
We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable and when people have good health. Join the 14 million people throughout the country that are a part of this dynamic movement.
A How-To Guide for Charitable Giving
As the nation’s largest charity, United Way of America understands the impact that charitable giving has on improving communities and helping individuals. United Way also understands how important it is to choose the right organization to donate your hard-earned dollars. As you prepare to make any type of charitable gift, we urge you to follow the simple guidelines below.
1. View Your Donation as an Investment. Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction. An investment approach to a particular group or cause will ensure a more meaningful experience for you.
2. Do Your Homework. When selecting where to give, it is important to gather all the facts. Conducting thorough research prior to giving will help you separate legitimate charities from frauds, as well as reassure you that your donation is truly helping those who need it most. The following are great resources to help you make your decision.
A database of nonprofit organizations with comprehensive information on a nonprofit's mission, programs, leadership, and finances. GuideStar will also tell you whether a nonprofit is eligible to accept tax-deductible contributions. You must register to access the information. There is no fee to register.
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Offering guidance to donors on making informed giving decisions through charity evaluations, various "tips" publications, and publishes the quarterly Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide.