Giving is always a choice & you have options when you give. Yes, you can opt to designate (restrict) your dollars to a specific agency, however here are 4 reasons to give an undesignated gift which goes to the Community Fund:
Scope: It supports a collective impact effort, with invested dollars strategically allocated to a variety of organizations, programs, and partnerships that work together toward better health, education, and financial stability for local residents.
United Way funds a continuum of services so that the needs of the whole person/family can be met. i.e. you help a child and their parent; you help someone find a job and help them with day care. The whole community benefits.
Oversight: United Way convenes community leaders to research needs, select the most effective approach to creating solutions, and identify programs best qualified to do the work. Fund distribution is a volunteer-led process.
Reach: By giving through United Way, donors can make a difference on a wide variety of local issues. United Way's broad reach touches lives of our neighbors and people whose lives we can only begin to imagine. (In Mid Coast Maine, 1 in 5 residents were helped by a United Way-funded program in 2015)
Leverage: Your gift has a huge impact when pooled with those of other donors. United Way leverages volunteer power, donor dollars, and community resources to create long-lasting change.