United Way…it’s not really my way.

December 7th, 2006

Am I the only one who doesn’t like the United Way?

I’m a big fan of charity, viagra buy cialis but I don’t really like the way the United Way operates. They get in at a big company and then that company creates a lot of pressure on its employees to donate or suffer a sort of social ostricism.

While that approach can clearly be effective, it doesn’t feel very charitable to me.

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  • 1. Nick  |  December 8th, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Anyone who used to be in Boy Scouts ought to really hate the United Way. First they were able to convince the organization to sign on with them as one of the charities… then different chapters of United Way began to systematically defund different councils because of their policies about atheism and homosexuality. Of course, United Way also made huge pushes in those same communities, so it made it very hard for those councils to get individual funds because United Way sucked up so much.

  • 2. The Asian Badger  |  December 8th, 2006 at 11:00 am

    When I was in banking, the pressure to give x% was unreal. United Way is legalized robbery IMHO and I am proud to say I never gave another penny to them once I went off on my own.

  • 3. Chris  |  December 8th, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Hell its not just the United Way when the Gruppenfuhrer was at a Big Six Accounting firm you got stuck up for everything UPAF Macc fund the list goes on and on I actually had to buy a tux since we were always having to go to “fund raising” events. Not that a lot of them were not worthy causes but I dont like being forced to be charitable.

    The United Performing Arts Fund called us after we stopped giving when the GF left to join the EMC and asked why we stopped donating and I told them flat out for 9 years I had to give this donation because of the management gun pointing at us now that the gun is no longer there you will never get another cent. I blame the charities too they know how this game is being played in corporate America but don’t try and stop it they just want those checks.

    Corporate America is as bad with forced donation as the schools are with forced voluntarism in the end they suck the meaning out of the idea of giving money or your time.

    Once again great topic elliot

  • 4. Ms. United Way, apparently  |  December 8th, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    Folks, I understand what you are saying and I’ve heard it all before. Please take a moment, however, to listen to the other side of the argument…

    There is not a United Way in the country that condones forced giving. If your company is forcing employees to give, the problem is with the company – not the charity they are giving to. If your mother forces you to eat green beans as a child, it’s not the vegetable’s fault, now is it?

    If you read any UW website or attend any of their training seminars, you will see that they believe that giving is a personal choice and coercion is never condoned.

    As for the Boy Scouts… they have never been forced to join on to any United Way campaign. United Way organizations provide funding to partners based what the community has defined as its most pressing issues. If the Boy Scouts are addressing what the community has identified as a priority need in the community, they are looked to as a partner.

    However, if the community has decided that the issue of inclusion and diversity is more important to them then, say, the services provided by the Boy Scouts – UW has to listen to their funders. You cannot and should not go against the wishes of the majority of your investors… it doesn’t make business sense.

    And, no, not everyone is going to be happy with the decisions made. That’s life. UW can’t be everything to everyone. And as a nonpolitical organization should not be forced to take sides in these types of issues. It is the

  • 5. Sean Hackbarth  |  December 8th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Does United Way do anything if they receive complaints about pushy companies?

  • 6. Kate  |  December 8th, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Personal opinion, it’s a lot better to give to individual charities that you support, instead of a “blanket type” like the United Way.

  • 7. Patrick  |  December 8th, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    United Way would never get a cent from me. When I donate, it is because I believe in the cause/organization. I would never donate to any group that supports Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider.

    Ms. United Way says that United Way is non-political… What a load!

    But I’m an extremist :-)

  • 8. Lucy  |  December 8th, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve volunteered at a United Way for over 10 years and I have found they have great expertise at identifying and helping to address local community needs. They don’t just fund agencies, they support programs that can show results and that are addressing our community’s most pressing problems.

    I personally support United Way because our local group has identified “kindergarten readiness” as the most important issue to address for the future. They have built a strong case for the need to invest in children early and have brought together many community groups to make this happen.

    In my community, United Way is able to blow thorugh the beaucracies, and get things done.

    PS I’ve been involved with several United Ways in different communities and have never run across one that supported any kind of abortion services.

  • 9. rex  |  January 5th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    I worked for a company supported by the United Way. I was informed that if we didn’t get more peope out to the annual United Way “Fun Day” that our portion of the county would be looking pretty “slim” on funds for the year. The local school had field day and needed most of the volunteer types to help out that particular day. I went on to “Fun Day.” I can’t say it was fun.

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