What is United Way?
Our mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way Orange County supports 23 organizations that provide a wide range of vital social services. Giving through United Way is an easy and convenient way to support many good causes throughout the year.


Who runs United Way?
A 45-member volunteer Board of Directors governs United Way Orange County. Under the Board’s direction, a professional staff of two employees provides support and continuity. Hundreds of local volunteers work to keep United Way a dynamic, growing and responsive organization.


What is United Way Orange County’s policy on the release of financial information?
Financial data on the activities of the United Way Orange County is public information. An audited financial report and a report of allocation to funded agencies are available to anyone upon a request. The United Way’s annual filings with the Internal Revenue Service are also available for inspection at the United Way office.


What is the United Way Orange County’s policy on coercion?
The United Way Orange County is strongly opposed to any type of coercion used to solicit funds. Our fund-raising success is dependent on how much potential donors know and understand about the United Way Orange County. Coercion only creates animosity, hinders communication and understanding and generally leads to less support. Our United Way firmly believes that giving is a personal decision. That decision should come from the heart.


How does an agency become a member of United Way Orange County?
First, any agency requesting admission to your local United Way must be a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Each and every year all agencies are mandated to submit a budget request package, which includes all financial support documents, service reports and information on the agency’s board members.


Who can receive help from a United Way Orange County agency?
Anyone is eligible for assistance if they meet the criteria within the particular agency’s requirements. If assistance is needed, citizens may call the United Way Orange County’s office (409) 883-3591 for referral.


Who decides where the money goes?
A Citizen Review Panel (Allocations Committee) is comprised of 30 volunteers from the United Way Board of Directors. The Allocations Committee is responsible for viewing each agency’s budget request and making recommendations to the United Way Orange County’s Executive Board. The Executive Board presents the budget requests to the entire Board of Directors for their approval.


Can my money be designated to a particular agency?
Yes, designation to a specific agency is accepted. Designation may be made to an agency that is part of the United Way system locally or in another area. The single most effective way to help your neighbor in need is by your contribution to your local United Way.

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