For 1% of our campaign revenue, United Way Worldwide (UWW) provides marketing, resources, and training for operating our local United Way. Many large companies such as AT&T, Fed Ex, Ingersoll Rand, and UPS only allow United Way to conduct employee payroll deduction fundraising campaigns in their companies. Without our affiliation with UWW, we would not be allowed to conduct fundraising campaigns in these large companies. The result would be the loss of several thousands of dollars in charitable contributions each year to our local community. In addition, our local staff has the opportunity to take advantage of free training opportunities, sponsored by UWW, which would otherwise cost several thousand dollars each year.
UWW does not fund services of any kind. UWW’s role is building relationships with national and global companies so that our local efforts can support local needs. UWW cannot and does not make decisions at the local level regarding fundraising, fund distribution, community work or employment. Our local United Way is governed by a local board of volunteer directors that have ultimate authority for the operations of our organization. The local board maintains responsibility for adhering to the UWW Membership Requirements and could choose to end that affiliation at any time, with all assets being retained by the local organization in our local community.