July 29, 2013

Dear Fellow Delawareans,

At United Way of Delaware, we are in the middle of a great journey. Our destination is a Delaware where all children are prepared to learn, families and neighborhoods are strong and vibrant, everyone enjoys a healthy, independent life, financial stability is the standard, not the exception.

You are an important part of this journey, and your commitment to give generously, advocate on behalf of your neighbors, and volunteer in United Way programs, has made a big impact on our community.

As stewards of our communities, we work hard to ensure the trust of our donors, our volunteers, our nonprofit partners, and very importantly, the people that we tirelessly serve throughout our state.

I am personally committed to ensuring that our organization is a continued trusted and valued member of the Delaware community by maximizing the return on investment in all that we bring to each of our stakeholders - including resources, relationships, talent, and programs that create a positive and powerful impact on the lives of so many.

I am also committed to ensuring that United Way of Delaware at all times operates in accordance with the highest moral and ethical standards.

In 2009-10, an audit was conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for the Combined Federal Campaigns (CFC). The audit findings indicated that there was no fraud or improprieties related to the processing of campaign contributions received. The audit did reveal a number of opportunities for improvement.

The Combined Federal Campaign operates under the oversight of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) with United Way of Delaware operating as the fiscal agent in processing campaign contributions. Appropriate adjustments were made consistent with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM's) recommendations and all monies received were correctly disbursed. The results are included in UWD's annual audited financial statement, which was delivered with an unqualified opinion, which means there were no significant issues found.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has recently consolidated the Combined Federal Campaign of Delaware (CFC of Delaware) with the Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign (CBACFC), in an effort to provide efficiencies in their execution of future campaigns.

As transparency is at the heart of our core values, all information surrounding our mission, our work throughout our communities, as well as our financial information, and link to our Charity Navigator rating, are always available through our web site,

You are also welcome and encouraged to contact me at any time at or at 302-573-3706 with any questions about our work and our processes.

As our journey continues throughout Delaware, I invite you to join us - and be part of the change - to give back to your communities, to advocate for causes you believe in, and to volunteer your time and your talent, to improve the quality of life in Delaware.

As always, I thank each of you, our friends, neighbors, volunteers, advocates, and donors, for your continued support, and for living united with us.

Warm regards,

Michelle A. Taylor
President and CEO