At the United Way of the Wabash Valley we pride ourselves in the transparency and accountability of our organization.  Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions, but if there is something you would like more information on please do not hesitate to contact our office.

GENERAL

In short, United Way helps people. We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We bring new solutions to old problems. We mobilize the best resources around and inspire individuals to join the fight.

We serve 6 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Our counties include: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois.

You bet. United Way of the Wabash Valley is unique in the way it makes an impact in the community. We no longer simply raise and distribute money to nonprofits. Today’s complex problems require proactive, permanent solutions. Our history of leadership enables us to spearhead comprehensive, community-wide change. We are a catalyst, a convener and a collaborator. Our work brings people together to determine the root causes of our community’s most challenging problems and to do whatever it takes to achieve measurable and long-lasting results. No other organization enables a donor’s gift to make such a broad impact across the community and, no other organization promotes giving to other organizations as part of their mission.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community.  

Because we have one goal — to create a community where everyone can thrive. To accomplish this, it means we must sometimes redirect our efforts.

United Way invests in a system of programs and services across the areas of Education, Health and Community Basics to meet the varied needs of people in our region. We view these areas as interconnected, much as the issues people face tend to be. They’re often complicated, with no one single solution.

Many people are surprised to discover how economically and efficiently United Way of the Wabash Valley is run. For every dollar raised, we spend about 12 cents on operating costs. These expenses include facilities and fund raising, accounting and other basic business functions. More importantly, they include all of the work we do to determine our community goal areas, distribute dollars to programs that address those goals, and monitor agency performance and results.

Hundreds of volunteers give generously of their time and talents to United Way each year, allowing us to minimize costs and keep administrative and fundraising expenses low. United Way of the Wabash Valley is always striving to make the most efficient and effective use of your contributions to the annual resource drive.  This means more of each dollar donated goes directly to helping those in need. 

Learn more about United Way’s financial information.

United Way’s own operating budget is audited annually by an independent accounting firm and is carefully scrutinized by a panel of local community volunteers and United Way’s Board of Directors.

Volunteers make investment decisions based on an organization’s fiscal responsibility, sound management, and the measurable results of specific programs. Oversight of continued adherence to sound fiscal policies and of program outcomes is part of the Community Impact process.

NO! We do far more than just fundraising. United Way is a partner in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify pressing community issues and develop long term solutions. Our fundraising efforts are one way we bring about positive change in community conditions because the resource drive gives us the ability to fund needed services, programs and initiatives. United Way also works to:
• Identify community needs and priorities
• Invest in and lead community wide initiatives
• Facilitate the efforts of those who can help bring about needed positive changes
• Monitor funded partners to ensure donor’s investments are used efficiently
• Promote volunteerism throughout the community
• Advocate on behalf of our community’s most critical issues

Although part of a national movement focused on measurable community impact, United Way of the Wabash Valley is an independent nonprofit organization serving 6 counties. United Way Worldwide is a global service organization that provides services and support to nearly 1,800 local, independent United Ways across the world. We meet annual membership requirements and receive benefits such as training, national advertising and public policy support, and the ability to draw on “best practices” of United Ways throughout the country.

Money raised in our six-county region stays here, supporting local programs and helping local people.  We operate autonomously— with the flexibility to address the specific needs of the Wabash Valley—while having the ability to draw on the best ideas of United Ways throughout the country.

A volunteer board of directors sets local United Way policies and works in partnership with a professional staff administering the day-to-day operations.

Learn more about United Way’s staff leadership and board of directors.

Donating

United Way is a change agent, working to create long-term solutions to the challenges facing our community AND addressing immediate needs.

Your gift is combined with thousands of others and invested in initiatives and programs essential to achieving the Valley’s better life in education, health and financial stability.

Your United Way contribution stays right here in the Wabash Valley unless you designate it elsewhere. United Way dollars are targeted to meet critical community needs in the community and invest in long-term solutions to solve the most critical issues.

We all have special interests, and we would not ask you to support United Way at the expense of another charitable organization. But, there are critical issues in our community that cannot be solved by a single agency alone. United Way’s broad partnerships, coordinated planning and needs assessments and commitment to measurable results ensure that your gift will be used wisely and effectively to meet our community’s most critical needs as a whole.

United Way monitors results to ensure the programs are making an impact. You can be certain your money is well invested. In addition, your donation may qualify for matching funds, increasing the investment even more.

We have one goal — to create a community where everyone can thrive. United Way turns your good intentions into results — by making the greatest difference possible in our community.

Economy of scale helps us effectively invest in multiple area programs and initiatives.

If you have a special interest in one of our impact areas – education, health or financial stability – you may designate your gift to that cause on your pledge form. If there is a specific initiative or agency partner you’d like to support, you can also designate all or a portion of your gift.

Volunteers. Individuals like you, who represent a broad spectrum of our six-county region, serve on the United Way Board of Directors. United Way of the Wabash Valley is a local organization making local decisions on how monies are raised and how monies are spent. From initiatives like Healthier by 2020!  and Success By 6 to services like 2-1-1, to investments in partner agency programs focused on Education, Health and Financial Stability your investments truly make a difference.

For more information on how we invest.

Yes.

United Way of the Wabash Valley is a federally registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by an individual’s or corporation’s circumstances. Those contributing through payroll deduction in their workplace should keep a copy of their signed pledge card and maintain their last pay stub of the tax year or Form W-2 from their employer that summarizes the amount withheld for United Way.

Please see general answers below. In addition, donors should consult their tax advisors for more specific guidance.

  • Payroll Deduction: For contributions through payroll deduction, your final year-end paycheck and copy of your pledge form will substantiate your total United Way contribution for the year.

Check: For contributions to United Way by check, your cancelled check is your receipt. For contributions of $250 or more, United Way will automatically provide you with a letter stating that no goods or services were given to you in exchange for your contribution. This letter will be provided to you no later than January 31 of the year following the gift.

Tax receipts are not provided for payroll deductions.  Your final year-end paycheck and copy of your pledge form will substantiate your total United Way contribution for the year.

Tax receipts for fully paid direct corporate or individual donations of $250 and greater will be mailed out (postmarked) by January 31 for the subsequent year.

It’s not the size of one gift – it is all of us giving together that makes United Way a unique and powerful concept. Every donation matters!

Since your employer will no longer be providing a paycheck from which to deduct your pledged amount, your contributions will end. Your pledge does not automatically get routed to your new place of employment or to your home address.

If you change jobs or are no longer working, please contact our office.  At that time, you can decide whether you are able to fulfill your original pledge, or whether you wish to adjust it. United Way offers individuals several options to fulfill your pledge. If you have switched jobs and your current employer runs a United Way resource drive, it is possible to set-up payroll deduction through the new employer.

Donors have told us that one of the most significant benefits of personal giving is the feeling of being part of a collective effort to solve problems and make a difference in their community. That sense of community involvement comes from joining with fellow employees to support United Way at their workplace.

Our Community Impact

United Way of the Wabash Valley invests in more than 60 programs and community change efforts at more than 26 agency partners.

United Way also provides additional grants throughout the year for innovative new community impact opportunities.

Your gift to United Way of the Wabash Valley joins thousands of other contributions to change the odds for our fellow community members. Through your generosity, we are able to run innovative programs such as:

Healthier by 2020!: Healthier By 2020 is a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative that fosters healthy lifestyles through improved access to healthy foods, health education, and active-living opportunities. By focusing on the community effort of healthy behaviors with its initiative programs, the goal is to decrease the percentage of adults and children who are obese from 30% to 25% by 2020.

Success By 6: Success By 6® is a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative designed to provide every child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills so that they may enter kindergarten ready to learn. It is essential that our community recognizes that learning begins at birth and the foundations for learning are established during the developmental years of birth to 6.

211: United Way’s free helpline open 24/7 to connect people to food, shelter, and other vital services.

Agency Program Funding: United Way funds highly reviewed agency programs that focus on the building blocks to a better life including education, health, and financial stability.  

In determining agency program funding, 10 teams of 8 to 10 trained volunteers conduct on-site visits and program reviews with agencies and discuss and review their budgetary and program information. They thoroughly evaluate the programs and their impact in the community.  Each team will formulate detailed recommendations for each agency program reviewed. The chairs and co-chairs of those volunteer teams form the United Way Community Impact Committee and review these recommendations to make sure teams are using the same criteria and equitably putting resources into the best programs. These recommendations will then be sent to each agency from the UWWV Board of Directors.  

Absolutely. Feedback is provided to all agencies by the Review Teams and United Way Staff based on the evaluation of their program(s), enabling them to be more competitive going forward. We encourage agencies to apply for funding from United Way in subsequent years.

RESOURCES

Simply call 2-1-1, a free, confidential non-emergency hotline that will connect you to health and human services. United Way 211 is available 24/7/365 in more than 150 languages.

The 2-1-1 call specialists can connect you with important community services, such as child care, flu-shot information, employment assistance, volunteer opportunities, counseling, food, shelter, and more.

211 is a toll-free helpline that connects people with important community services such as child care, flu-shot information, employment assistance, volunteer opportunities, counseling, food, shelter and more. Available 24 hours a day in more than 150 languages, 211 is an integral component of disaster-response infrastructure, directing callers to food, shelter and evacuation routes.