Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of giving through United Way?

It feels good!
  • Your gift goes to help people who really need it.
  • It's local. Funds raised in the area stay here to address local problems.
  • It's accountable. Volunteers decide which programs receive funds, and ensure that services are high quality and meet high priority community needs.
  • It's efficient. Volunteers help conduct the campaign to keep costs low.
  • It's effective. By bringing the community together, we accomplish much more than we can alone. United Way makes your caring count!
  • It's easy. Payroll deductions make giving simple.

Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?

Please consult your tax advisor for information on your specific situation.

Giving to United Way, and to other nonprofit organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, entitles taxpayers who file itemized returns to a tax deduction.

Only people who itemize deductions on their income tax returns may deduct the value of the cash or property they contribute to tax-exempt organizations, which may be subject to restrictions at upper income levels.

Where does my United Way donation go?

Your United Way contribution stay local. 100% of contributions are invested by local people just like you. 79 cents of each dollar goes to support programs that support our communities needs in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. 10.9 cents goes to administer United Way of Central Washington and 10.1 cents is used to fund raise annual contributions

Can I afford to give?

Some individuals may not be in a position to give because of their current financial situation. However, many have made charitable contributions a priority in budgeting. The payroll deduction method is an easy way for you to give a small amount each pay period, which makes a sizable contribution at the end of the year.

I already volunteer. Why should I give?

Those who volunteer are more likely to give. They see the needs firsthand. Giving takes a number of forms: time, talent, money. Many of the agencies could not exist if it were not for the hundreds of volunteer hours each year. However, basic overhead like water, electricity and space, cannot be paid with "in-kind" contributions. That is why monetary contributions are critical to the survival of community services.