Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my donation best utilized by giving it to the United Way Community Fund?
The United Way Sudbury and District “Community Fund” is the pool of dollars that supports a network of programs and services that help a wide variety of people in the community. A panel of informed community volunteers, who are aware of local needs distribute the donations where they are needed most and monitor member agencies to ensure accountability to you. Your gift to the United Way Community Fund will address multiple needs throughout Greater Sudbury, making a positive impact on the lives of individuals.
Who decides how the money is spent?
You do. By giving through United Way, you are investing in programs that support your community. To ensure your dollars are well invested, trained volunteers and staff make investment decisions based on community needs, research and funding criteria. We invest to minimize duplication, look for measurable results, improve quality of services and encourage innovative approaches.
I already give to (name of charity). That’s my priority. Why should I give to United Way?
If you’re like most of us, you probably support a number of local or national charities, and that’s a great thing. When you are choosing causes that are important to you, keep in mind that a gift through United Way makes a powerful impact on your community. Imagine a single gift that will allow individuals and families move from poverty to possibility, create healthy people and strong communities, and help kids be all that they can be. That’s value for your charitable dollar!
My spouse/partner already donates to United Way through their Workplace Campaign.
That’s great! Many families make giving decisions together. Others choose to each make a contribution at their own workplace and combine their gift on one tax return (it increases the amount of tax credit you receive). We want to make sure that each and every individual is invited to support their community through the United Way Campaign.
I want to know more before I make a decision. Where can I find information about United Way Sudbury and District?
You can always check out the United Way website at www.unitedwaysudbury.com, or if you have specific questions, you can call United Way directly at 705-560-3330.
United Way is a large organization. How do I know that my dollars are well spent?
Strict oversight by local volunteers in every aspect of United Way ensures accountability. United Way’s budget is audited by an independent accounting firm and is carefully scrutinized by United Way’s volunteer Board of Directors. The names of local Board Members are on the website.
When will the agency I have designated to receive my donation?
If you give a one-time gift, your donation will be sent to the agency in July of the year immediately following the campaign. If you give through payroll donation, your gift will be sent in July and/or December.
I keep hearing about United Way moving toward being an organization of “Community Impact.” What exactly does that mean?
Community impact is about ensuring that we are an organization that makes sustainable, positive changes based on the needs of our community. The best way to help the most people is to get to the heart of the problems to prevent them from happening in the first place. That’s why United Way Sudbury and District chooses to find a balance between helping those with immediate, basic human needs and directing our efforts towards root causes and prevention.
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