What does United Way do?

5 children with brown and blonde hair with big smiles wearing white t-shirts with black lettering that says LIVE UNITED in uppercase lettering. The background is white.United Way is a local, autonomous, nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of residents in our community. It is governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors responsible for determining policy and overseeing every aspect of the organization. United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests those funds in programs and agencies that have a proven ability to impact lives. No other non-profit organization makes a more positive impact on your whole community than your United Way.

I own a small company; can I conduct a United Way campaign?

Of course you can. United Way of Cecil County encourages all companies in our community to get involved in changing the community for the better. One way to do this is by allowing your employees to provide financial resources. We need everyone to make a difference. If you would like to conduct an employee campaign, contact us for guidance and assistance in conducting a successful workplace campaign.

Can I specify which agency receives my gift?

United Way of Cecil County honors designation requests to member agencies and other United Ways outside our community. However, your undesignated gift ensures that funds raised during the campaign go where they will do the most good in Cecil County. .

Who decides how much money each agency receives?

Each year, United Way of Cecil County enlists the support of volunteers representing our community to carefully review agency programs that meet identified needs in the community. Volunteers spend time studying the needs of the community, reviewing funding proposals, conducting site visits, vetting organizations and making funding recommendations to United Way of Cecil County's volunteer Board of Directors.

How does an organization become a United Way of Cecil County member agency?

To qualify for consideration as a member agency, an agency must be recognized as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, led by a volunteer Board of Directors, and provide human services to residents of Cecil County. If an agency meets these basic requirements, then they must complete and submit an application which can be downloaded from our website. To be considered for the next funding phase, a completed application must be submitted by February 1st.

Are United Way's financial records subject to external audit?

Yes. United Way of Cecil County has an audit performed annually by an independent CPA firm. The results of the audit are presented to the Board of Directors for their review and approval.

Are donations to United Way tax deductible?

Yes. United Way of Cecil County is a tax-exempt, charitable organization recognized under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and all donations are deductible.