FAQ

What is the mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire?

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

“Improve lives” — by supporting over 100 community programs and services

“Mobilize Caring Power” — Businesses, government, individuals


What are the priorities of United Way of the Coastal Empire?

Based on local research and community surveys, we identified four priorities:

  • Education & Youth Development
  • Economic Independence
  • Health & Wellness
  • Basic Human Needs


Why give to United Way of the Coastal Empire?

One gift thru United Way helps more people by aggregating giving collectively and funding programs that achieve results. Each program is evaluated for alignment, measurable outcomes and efficiency.


How much of my contribution goes to people who really need help?

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, which have exceeded all administrative and fundraising expenses, donor contributions go directly to support vital human services that impact our community. United Ways without a trust fund must generally allocate 10-15% of campaign funds to cover administrative and fundraising expenses.


How do I know my dollars are helping the people who really need help?

Organization applying funds from the United Way are required to meet strict financial and program guidelines. Organization budgets and program services are reviewed annually by local United Way volunteers who recommend allocation amounts to a volunteer board of directors. In addition, each organization must answer to their volunteer board of directors who is responsible for ensuring that the organization is fulfilling its mission.


How does supporting United Way benefit my business and employees?

Supporting United Way gives your business visibility as a good corporate citizen and provides recognition of your organization as a leader in building a better community. Employee campaigns help bring employees together to share in a common cause and promote team spirit among employees and generate pride.


How generous is our community?

  • UWCE per capita giving $21.68 vs. $11.79 national average
  • UWCE employee participation 32.8% vs. 30.5% national average
  • UWCE campaign increase 5.2% vs. 2.6% national average


What is United Way Worldwide?

United Way Worldwide is the leadership organization for a network of local, community-based United Ways in 46 countries and territories. It is the integration of United Way of America and United Way International using United Way of America’s corporate entity. All members of United Way of America are automatically members of United Way Worldwide. Each United Way is autonomous, governed by its own board of directors. United Way Worldwide is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. United Way Worldwide does not set policies, nor does it govern local United Ways.

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