FREQUENTLY  ASKED  QUESTIONS

Who runs United Way of Delaware?
A volunteer board of directors comprised of community and business leaders interested in creating solutions to problems in our community.

Are contributions tax-deductible?
Yes, if you itemize. However, please consult with a tax or financial expert regarding any limitations that may apply.

How can I give if my company doesn't run a workplace campaign?
Please donate online at www.uwde.org or call 302-573-3700 to make your donation.

Why should I give to United Way of Delaware instead of giving directly to an agency of my choice?
We offer donors the opportunity to maximize their gifts and support the most pressing needs in the community. By giving to the Community Impact Fund, donors are assured their gifts support initiatives and programs focused on Education, Income and Health. Contributing through United Way of Delaware offs smaller, local agencies the opportunity to benefit from the fundraising connections made by united way, freeing up their staffs to focus on providing services.

Additionally, United Way of Delaware offers donors the opportunity to designate their gifts to agencies of their choosing.

What is the Community Impact Fund?
Donations to the Community Impact Fund support programs and initiatives that support Education, Income and Health -- the building blocks of a good life. These unrestricted donations are allocated by program, not by agency. A gift to the community impact fund helps United Way of Delaware and our partners to address the root causes of the most critical problems.

What are the five Strategic Focus Areas?
Under the pillars of Education, Income and Health, United Way of Delaware funds five Strategic Focus Areas:
Success by Six™ – Ensures young children enter school prepared to succeed
Strong Families, Strong Children – Helps school-age children and families succeed
Financial Stability – Promotes economic stability and advancement for all Delawareans
Strong Neighborhoods – Develops safe and stable communities that foster residents' potential
Healthy and Independent Communities – Ensures all Delawareans have access to quality healthcare and the support to live independently

I can't find a designation code for an agency I want to support.
Please check our online listing here or give us a call at 302-573-3700.

I feel that I was coerced into giving to my workplace campaign. What recourse do I have?
United Way of Delaware strongly encourages employers to be sensitive to the highly personal nature of giving. If you or someone you know has been coerced into giving, please contact your campaign coordinator. If you aren't comfortable doing so, you may contact us directly. We will discreetly return your donation and address your anonymous concern with company leadership.

How can I volunteer with nonprofits who needs help?
Your time, energy and expertise is always needed by a local agency! Please visit United Way of Delaware's volunteer site at www.delawareonline.com/getinvolved to find an opportunity, post a volunteer position or log volunteer hours.

Are United Way-funded agencies permitted to fundraise?
United Way funding supports programs, not agencies - which means donors' gifts go directly to helping people in need, not to fund capital expenditures. Agencies often fundraise separately to support those projects. (Note that fundraising restrictions may apply to United Way-funded programs. Please contact our Community Impact department for further details.

Does the money I give to United Way of Delaware stay in the community?
Yes, the money raised in Delaware stays in Delaware. United Way of Delaware adheres to a strict administrative ratio of 10.5 percent, which covers fixed costs, such as overhead, staff salaries and fees to United Way Worldwide, our national affiliate.

I work in Delaware, but live in another state. Does my donation get to my community?
Yes, through the donor choice program, you may opt to designate your contribution to your local United Way, to benefit your community agencies. For example, if you work in Delaware, but live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, you may specify that your gift goes to United Way of Chester County.

Who decides which programs receive funding?
People like you, right here in Delaware! Experienced community volunteers, experts and agency representatives work together to identify community needs, reduce duplication of services and close gaps in services.

How much of each contribution goes to administrative costs?
United Way of Delaware adheres to strict guidelines set by our Board of Directors: Only 10.5 cents of every dollar raised goes towards administrative costs and fundraising expenses. We are proud that we are able to keep our administrative ratio so low, particularly when the nationally accepted maximum limits for overhead costs vary between 40 and 50 percent.

Does United Way Worldwide set the agenda for United Way of Delaware?
While United Way of Delaware benefits from the national agenda adopted by United Way Worldwide, the Board of Directors and leadership team at United Way of Delaware set the agenda, enter into partnerships and make all business and operations decisions for the local, independent organization.

What does the non-discrimination statement mean?
United Way of Delaware requires partner agencies to provide a board-approved, non-discrimination policy that ensures access to services regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age and sexual orientation. Additionally, United Way of Delaware encourages the "best practices" of comprehensive, non-discrimination at the board, volunteer and staff levels of its partner agencies.