United Way Controversy on Chronicle of Philanthropy
United Workers for the Untied Way (not United – Un Tied)
There is a heated discussion taking place on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website under the article “Majority of Local United Ways Report Declines in Donations.” http://philanthropy.com/news/updates/index.php?id=9689
The gist of many of the comments are opinions expressed that the United Ways have been detrimental to many smaller non-profits by declining to fund agencies that have previously received funds.
The purpose of this post is to point out one non-profit that does make the argument that United Way does discourage freedom of choice in giving is the United Workers for the Untied Way, and their website is at http://www.theuntiedway.org/aboutus.asp
From their home page, their “About Us” statement is:
We are a group of volunteers working nationwide to protect your right to give at work to the charities of your own choice and not those dictated to you by United Way. We are organized as an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to which tax-deductible contributions may be made. We have no paid staff. Our office space and administration is provided pro bono. Contributions go 100 percent to our programs.
Take a look at their website and see what you think. I have no connection to this website, but thought that in the interest of this discussion, people should know about it.