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How does United Way spend my donation? I’ve heard different stories about how charitable donations go to executive salaries rather than people in need. How is this handled at UWCK? Simply put, money raised here stays here to make the greatest possible impact in our community. Most pledges are not designated for a certain destination. Those dollars are allocated by United Way volunteers from all 5 of UWCK’s counties who spend hours vetting applicants, evaluating their effectiveness and efficiency. They review funding requests, analyze the needs of the community, and make informed decisions in allocating United Way dollars. A complete listing of United Way of Central Kentucky’s annual allocations can be found on our website at http://www.unitedwayck.org/funded-partners and is included on all of our pledge forms. Our fundraising and administrative percentage is 16.4%, well below the 25% and 35% guidelines established by the Better Business Bureau and IRS. That means 83 cents of every dollar goes directly to a program or service. Our Executive Salary is determined locally with oversight by our Finance Committee and Board of Directors. This information is disclosed publicly on our IRS Form 990, which is also available on our website at http://unitedwayck.org/Financials.php, along with our annual report and approved budget for the current fiscal year. In addition, UWCK is a member of the Better Business Bureau and has been vetted to meet all 20 standards of charitable accountability and holds a Gold rating with Guidestar. Read the BBB report on our work at http://charityreports.bbb.org/louisville/human-services/united-way-of-central-kentucky-in-elizabethtown-ky-7113.
United Way of Central Kentucky has a very nice new office. Is this where my donation went? Operating on a lean budget is very important to us since this is what our donors deserve. For many years our team of 3 staff and 4 full-time volunteer AmeriCorps VISTAs operated out of a 3 room office in the Peddler’s Mall shopping complex. Through a grant we had the opportunity to take on additional VISTA members who could expand our programs and services, but could not do so without having a more efficient space to work. Luckily our community answered our request for help and provided us with a new home in a historic building that would allow us to operate more effectively. The renovation of that home was privately funded with significant in-kind contributions made to allow us to have such a welcoming, professional work environment. Companies sponsored rooms through Project United which provided us with much-needed items like desks, chairs, and other furniture, and we thank these donors with recognition signs posted in each space. We pay a modest rent of $1,500/month that is well below market rate for the 1,800 square feet occupied by our team. Having additional room to host meetings allows our staff to operate more effectively, as we used to spend a significant amount of time looking for external meeting space and travelling off-site anytime we needed to host a meeting for more than 6-8 attendees. We have also been able to provide food at meetings and events on a more cost-effective scale now that we have a kitchen that can accommodate our needs. We welcome outside groups to use our meeting space and love to have guests in for tours of the gorgeous building we proudly call the community’s home. Learn how to reserve the meeting room here: http://www.unitedwayck.org/resources-training.
What does United Way of Central Kentucky do in areas outside of Hardin County? In order to keep our administrative costs as low as possible, we do not maintain separate offices and staff members in each of our five counties. However, we are proud that our team frequently works remotely to stay connected to local needs and are exploring the possibilities of establishing scheduled “office hours” across our region so we can have a consistent physical presence in each county we serve. We are always looking for volunteers who can represent local interests on our Board of Directors, Community Investment Team, and other committees to ensure a variety of perspectives are reflected in our work. In addition to our investments in local programs and agencies, we have placed AmeriCorps VISTA members at projects in all 5 counties, help multiple local Early Childhood Councils secure outside grants, and are members of numerous coalitions such as the Grayson County Business Boosters, Larue Living Well Coalition, and Meade County Young Leaders Network. We are members of each Chamber of Commerce and have recently moved Project United, which has a $20,000+ value, outside Hardin County for the first time. Learn more about our funded programs serving each county here. You can also designate your gift to any of our 5 counties, or any county served by a United Way if you want to direct your investment to a specific part of our service area.
- Payroll Deduction: For contributions through payroll deduction, your final year-end paycheck and pink copy of your pledge form will substantiate your total United Way contribution for the year.
- Check: For contributions to United Way by check in the amount of $249 or less, your cancelled check is your receipt. For contributions of $250 or more, UWCK will automatically provide you with a letter stating that no goods or services were given to you in exchange for your contribution and include our charitable EIN number. This letter will be provided within a month of your gift. For contributions of less than $250, we will happily provide a similar letter at the request of the donor.
- Stock: For contributions of stock, United Way of Central Kentucky will automatically provide you with a letter communicating the amount of the charitable deduction and confirming that no goods or services were given to you in exchange for the contribution and include our charitable EIN number.