For years donating to the United Way was almost a requirement in my job. Even thirty years ago it did not take much research to find that the United Way provides funds to folks who are on the other side of the fence from the general user of this forum. Every year somebody in the organization was assigned the task of having employee's pledge funds. That way the Unit Head got his browney pts., and Unit Head's up the chain got their Brown Pts. for extorting money from employees in the name of the United Way. :x I remember when a new unkowning supervisor told me in a staff meeting that it was going to be my job to collect pledges for the United Way. After voicing my opinion regarding the United Way and extortion in the work place the supervisor backed off. That year donation took a big drop. Publicity in the paper regarding fraud also knock donations down.
BULL, I will donate to the Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the 4-H, the local high school band directly. Why support those folks who are against my way of life. Why pay their wages? This organization has been rife with fiscal corruption. Donate to the those local organizations that help your community be a better place to live.
This information is NOT strictly factual and is very misleading of the truth.
The United Way doesn't strictly speaking DONATE to anything. They distribute money donated to them to the causes specified by the giver. The NRA is also listed and you can donate money to them thru United Way.
If you designate who you want your contibutions to go to they are bound by law to see the funds get there. BUT if you give without specifying where the money goes then it is placed in a large pot to be divided up among all the various groups with numbers assigned them.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm NOT a supporter of the United Way. Far from it. I too was forced to donate against my will. First as a teenager working for Kroger Grocery. I was told flat out you will give and told how much. I was told not doing so would result in my immediate termination. I was then given no list but my money just went into the big general pot. Later working for the federal government I was pressured big time and almost int he same situation. I was told promotions wouldn't happen if I didn't play along and donate. Still later when I became a manager it was forced on me to donate if I wanted acceptable performance ratings and I was forced to push it on my employees. All I ever did in that regard was to ensure everyone "made a decision". I made it clear to my folks that decision could be to give or not as they chose. I always designated where my money went and in the pre LaPierre days most went to the NRA.
So while I don't like the United Way let's at least get our facts straight about it.
Graybeard, I hate to disagree, but I don't think you're quite right about the division of funds by the United Way. When my USO-designated funds were not acknowledged one year (they had always been previously) I questioned why. This is the way it was explained to me. The United Way is broken up into regional groups. Within each group there are "client" organizations, each of which have a specific percentage of the total money input allotted them. If designated donations to a certain organization bring them over that percentage, the excess is channeled to other groups. No organization can receive more than its alloted percentage. Both the director of the National USO and the regional director of the United Way gave me that explanation. What they are saying is that if you designate your funds to go to a specific organization it may make you feel good about giving and that organization will (usually) thank you for it around tax time, but it will not alter that organizations allotment one penny. This was in the early '70's, but I doubt that it has changed.
Not what we were told when I was a high level manager during the late 80s and early to mid 90s. Dunno which of us was told right or maybe even both of us and it changed. I don't truly trust any of them. Like I said I have no use for the United Way.
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