Q: Why should I give? I don’t use the services of United Way or a United Way funded agency.
A: People in need affect everyone in a community. When the community improves, all citizens benefit. A gift to the United Way is an expression of concern for your fellow human being. You or your family may not need the services now, but you may in the future. Think of your donation as Community Insurance, insurance that these services will be available when and if you need them.
Q: Are United Way of Marion County gifts tax deductible?
A: Yes, for both corporations and individuals (if you itemize on your tax return). Additionally, through a program offered by the WV Development Office, the United Way of Marion County participates in the tax credit program. If available, we can offer tax credits up to 50% of a leadership gift (minimum $500 cash gift). Call the office for more information.
Q: Which agencies/programs may receive allocations from United Way of Marion County?
A: Any tax exempt, nonprofit organization, which conducts health or human services, may apply for funding. Our three Service Areas (Impact Areas) identified as Crisis and Disaster Services, Basic Needs and Youth Services.
Q: Can I give to specific agencies?
A: Yes. While the United Way believes that every participating agency is worthy of support, you may designate your gift to a specific agency. Keep in mind that United Way volunteers have researched each agency and identified the areas of greatest need for Marion County.
Q: Who determines how much money each agency receives?
A: The United Way of Marion County has established a Community Review Committee comprised of 30 community volunteers. 15 of those volunteers work year round to design and monitor the application process the agencies use to apply for funding. In the spring, an additional 15 community members are recruited to serve during the review and funding process. These volunteers study each agency’s application, financial packets, programs and facilities and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for funding. This process is repeated every year.
Q: How much of my contribution actually goes to help people?
A: By using volunteers to raise and allocate funds, the administrative and fund-raising cost are among the lowest of all charities. We take great pride in ensuring we stay below the national benchmark of 25%.
Q: How many paid staff does the United Way have?
A: The United Way of Marion County currently has one full time (Executive Director), and one part time (Administrative Assistant) positions. This staff is responsible for fundraising, community planning, allocations, financial administration, marketing and media. We have partnerships with Fairmont State University and West Virginia University to offer students internships/scholarships in Marion County.
Q: What is the Leadership Circle? How can I join?
A: The Leadership Circle represents those donors making an annual contribution of $500 or more. To join, ensure your total yearly pledge (through payroll deduction, cash or credit card) is at least $500. Call the office for additional information.
Q: Does the United Way of Marion County send money to the United Way of America?
A: The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that the United Way of Marion County is locally owned and operated. The fees/dues paid to the United Way of America each year (1% of our campaign) is paid from interest income rather than donor dollars. In exchange, we receive a variety of services that benefit Marion County including training, materials and national advertisement. Check out the end zones of Heinz Field during the next Steelers game. The United Way banner is what every field goal kicker aims for?!
Q: What is the Tocqueville Society?
A: The United Way Tocqueville Society was formed in March of 1984 to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way's work. Membership in the Tocqueville Society is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000.00 annually to a member United Way.