Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why give to United Way rather than individual charities?                            

 

What is "Fair Share?"

 

How much of my donation goes to help people?

 

How is my money spent?

 

Why does our local United Way support a national office?


If I work, pay my own way and don't need the services of United Way agencies, why should I pay for their services?

 

Why give to the United Way?

 

What type of non-profits receive funding?

 

Does my money stay locally?

 

If someone wants to invest in the community through the United Way of Greater Augusta, Inc., what should they do?

  

 

Why give to United Way rather than individual charities?

  • - Helps the most people in our community with ONE GIFT!
  • - Concentrated fund raising effort allows agencies to focus on helping those in need.
  • - Holds agencies accountable for the funds they receive.
  • - Proactive in identifying community problems and creative solutions.
  • - Promotes agencies and their services to the community.
  • - Provides information and referral service to community.

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What is "Fair Share?"

Your "Fair Share" is up to you. Suggestion is one-hour's pay per month or:

  • - 1% of annual income if you earn up to $50,000 annually
  • - 2% of annual income if you earn over $50,000 annually

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How much of my donation goes to help people?

  • - 83 cents out of every dollar goes to help residents in our area. This is well above the national charity watch dog standard of 60 cents.
  • - We rely on volunteers to keep our overhead costs to a minimum.
  • - Advertisting and promotions is donated by the local media.
  • - Events and meetings are paid for by area employers sponsorships.

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How is my money spent?

  • - Programs are funded via quarterly payments upon receipt of their monthly report.
  • - Agencies must apply to the United Way for program funding. A Community Investment Team of volunteers and Board members review the request and visits the program.
  • - The Grant Award Committee determines the amount of funding needed by the program and makes a recommendation to the Board for funding.
  • - "We take great pride in being good stewards of United Way funds."
  • - The UWGA IRS Tax Form 990 Return for 2009. (Refer to the Financial Responsibility page for copies of these forms.)

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Why does our local United Way support a national office?

  • - Your United Way is an independent , locally-governed organization.
  • - 5/10 of the 1% of the dollars raised go to the United Way of America.
  • - United Way of America provides national advertising and discounted goods and services plus technical training and consulting.

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If I work, pay my own way and don't need the services of United Way agencies, why should I pay for their services?

  • - United Way provides help to those who need it and security for those who may need help in the future.
  • - Agencies help people become self-sufficient and less of a burden on the taxpayers.

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Why give to the United Way?
Supporting the United Way is an investment in your community. Your investment, multiplied by the investment of others has the power to bring about real changes in our community conditions.

Your local United Way has a comprehensive plan for assessing the community's human service needs and a stringent application process for Agencies requesting funding. In addition, those agencies receiving funding are held accountable for those funds and are required to report their activities and financial standing to our office.

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What type of non-profits receive funding?
The United Way of Greater Augusta currently has three areas of focus:
1. Education
Helping children and youth achieve their potential
2. Income
Promoting financial stability & independance
3. Health
Improving people's health

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Does my money stay locally?
Yes. What you give here stays here in our community.

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If someone wants to invest in the community through the United Way of Greater Augusta, Inc., what should they do?

There are several options:
1. Make a donation by check or credit card, or donate online using Click and Give
2. They can make a pledge and then pay by invoice. This could be quarterly or whatever time frame is suitable to them.
3. Employee campaign -- Many businesses already offer payroll deductions for their employees' contributions. If your business is currently not participating, you can contact the United Way office to obtain a campaign information packet.
4. Planned Giving -- Estate
5. Donate Stock

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For further information, please contact the United Way of Greater Augusta, Inc. office at 540-885-1229 or 540-943-1215.