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Exercise freedom and give to the charity of your choice.
I don't like the way the United Way extorts money from workers through their jobs. I also do not see the sense in having a "Charity charity." Seems like a lot of unnecessary overhead to me. Just give to the charity you want to give to and forget the United Way.
If the United Way disappeared tomorrow, I would throw a party.
If United Way disappeared tomorrow, so would the majority of the organizations they provide substantial funding for---Ballard Community Center, Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Health Care Access, Visiting Nurses, just to name a few. And then what kind of community would we be without the services these organizations provide in Douglas County? If you feel like you are being "extorted"....talk to your employer. It is not the fault of United Way. Very disheartening to see such an ill-informed opinion.
Ever see the United Way office here in town? Drop by sometime and take a peek. You will be hard pressed to discover any unnecessary overhead. Crappy furniture, old building, low wages. Their support goes into programming, not overhead.
The United Way is a racket that strong arms those very agencies you mentioned Bass. They are prohibited from having a fund raiser during the United Way shake down. If you designate your donation to the Boy Scouts for instance, it is only deducted from the "allocation" they get from United Way. In fact the United Way is not necessary. You can donate over the internet to almost all of these agencies, or just walk in locally. The United Way is just simply unnecessary. The United Way is a business that has lost market share over the past 10 years and will continue to suffer from disintermediation.
Amen to all who wrote against the United Way. I am thankful I finally work at a place where I am not forced to sign a paper saying whether or not I will donate to the United Way. Personally, I donate to the Salvation Army online and buy toys for Toys for Tots during the holidays. After Katrina, I donated to Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Salvation Army never pestered me after that asking for more money while Habitat for Humanity sent me junk mail at least once a week for the next year asking for more money (with a little metal piece inside which ruined my shredder). It makes you wonder where your money went. Also, when my sister was a baby, my mother donated to MDA in her name one labor day, and within a month my sister started to receive credit card offers in the mail. I guess what I am saying is to ask questions whenever you donate and never answer a solicitation. (I apologize for going off on a small tangent but that seems status quo for LJworld threads).
Amen to all the comments above. I hate the UW shakedowns, and I hate when you give to any charity and you end up getting your entire donation back via postal fees from their mailings. I support a very specific charity, and I just walk into the charity and give them a cash donation. That way, I'm not on a mailing list, and they don't have my name to sell to other organizations. Better yet, volunteer your time for an org you care about.
It's really sad how people have such a disincentive to give because of tactics like those outlined above. I think people want to give but want to do it on their own terms. The mailing lists, the forced mafia-like UW strongarming, it puts everyone off and, I think, it leads to less charitable giving from an otherwise charitable society.
The United Way's own reports show that only 70% of funds raised go to the above mentioned charities. How pathic...all the UW does is shift funds...why does it take 30% of donations just to transfer money? Shabby offices and bad furniture...so what...again, how much furniture do you need to tranfer money?
The UW is a racket, they feed off other charities through professional fund raising. I've never given to the UW and never will. The Salvation Army and many others mentioned above are wonderful charities where you can see your donation at work. The Salvation Army has around an 8% overhead...amazing. And if you're not that well off yourself you can donate clothes and other items, not just money. That's charity. It's not all about the Benjamins.
I strongly dislike being hit up for money at work. Ask me somewhere else, but don't come into my workplace where at least one, if not more, people will know if I choose to give or not, how much, etc., and hit me up for money at my not-that-great-paying job!
I give to charities, but I don't like United Way's approach to hitting up people at work, which they know puts pressure on them.
Some businesses do strong arm their employees for donations in order to keep them at the "fair share" level of giving. I find that distasteful. I agree with everyone above who says give to the charity of your choice, at least they get 100% of your donation, even if they use part of it for administrative needs, it's still in their hands.
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