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What does the Callaway County United Way (CCUW) do?
Does the CCUW provide direct services to local people in need?
What are the CCUW's special programs and initiatives?
Who guides CCUW's health and human service work?
Does the Callaway County United Way only provide funds?
How does the CCUW help other nonprofits that provide basic needs and other supportive services?
Is it true that a person can choose to give to their favorite partner agency through the CCUW?
How many agencies receive CCUW distributions of money?
Why should I give to the Callaway County United Way when I can give directly a charity?
What is Callaway County United Way’s overhead?
What type of financial oversight does the CCUW have?
Does anyone monitor or recognize the CCUW’s work?
Is my donation to the CCUW tax deductible?

 

Q: What does the Callaway County United Way (CCUW) do?

A: The CCUW has two primary goals:

  1. Advance the basic building blocks of education, financial stability, health and basic needs to help low income families achieve self-sufficiency.
  2. Be an efficient and effective fundraiser.

The CCUW is changing the odds for families by focusing on the basic building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability, health and basic needs. We all win when students succeed in school, families are financially stable and people are healthy.

In philanthropy, the United Way does what no single donor or entity can do alone. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society — individuals, businesses, nonprofits and governments — to raise the resources needed to create long-term social change that produces healthy, educated and financially-stable individuals and families. Together, we can accomplish more than any single person, group or organization.

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Q: Does the CCUW provide direct services to local people in need?

A: Through our sponsorship with 2-1-1 we connect people seeking assistance with free, confidential help 24/7/365 by referring callers to the most pertinent health and human service providers. People in need no longer have to navigate a complicated web of resources on their own – by simply dialing 2-1-1, a caring call specialist will listen to their individual issues and connect them with the appropriate help.

We also help low-income individuals and families gain financial stability by informing them about Free Tax Preparation and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can go a long way in helping lift people out of poverty.

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Q: What are the CCUW's special programs and initiatives?

A: In addition to providing funding to 13 local nonprofit agencies in Callaway County, the Callaway County United Way manages its own unique initiatives.

  • 2-1-1 Sponsorship: The 2-1-1 service is a 24-hour, seven-day-a week, 365 day-a-year service, which provides callers with information about and referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in time of crisis. 
  • FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards: FamilyWize free prescription drug discount cards can be used by anyone who does not have prescription coverage, who has coverage but are in a deductible period or your insurance will not pay for a medication.  The card can be used to receive a substantial discount depending on the medication prescribed. 
  • MyFreeTaxes.com: Families who earn $58,000 or less can files their taxes for free online.
  • Community Enhancement Grants: Grants for partner agencies, non-partner organizations and, in rare instances, individuals in Callaway County. These grants will help fund projects that concentrate on Health, Education, Income and/or Emergency Services for our community.
  • Agency Crisis Fund:  The Callaway County United Way initiated an Agency Crisis Fund to provide immediate relief to agencies during 2014 which are stressed by dwindling resources and increased needs that are a result of current economic conditions.
  • Born Learning:  Valuable educational information online for parents and caregivers of infants to 5 years of age.

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Q: Who guides CCUW's health and human service work?

A: The CCUW has an all-volunteer Board comprised of community leaders who live and/or work in the community they serve, offering on-the-ground knowledge.

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Q: Does the Callaway County United Way only provide funds?

A: The CCUW’s work involves so much more than money...

  • We collaborate with other nonprofit agencies in the community to truly understand the needs and how to best approach systematic solutions.
  • We connect the dots between government, businesses, nonprofits and individuals to create collective impact. When we all come together to focus on community issues, we can create long-term change.
  • Through 2-1-1 we linked people in need and volunteers to specialized resources.
  • We provide important educational information to parents and caregivers of young children.
  • We provide a link to Free Tax Preparation.

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Q: How does the CCUW help other nonprofits that provide basic needs and other supportive services?

A: The CCUW provides a critical source of funding and other support for 13 local nonprofits working on the front-line across the county. The CCUW saves these organizations substantial administrative, fundraising, customer service and marketing expenses. Through our involvement, expertise and leadership, the CCUW helps other nonprofits build their capacity and efficiency at a time when every philanthropic dollar needs to count.

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Q: Is it true that a person can choose to give to their favorite partner agency through the CCUW?

A: Yes. Donors are given the choice to designate their contribution to a particular agency or agencies.  They may also designate their donation to another United Way.

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Q: How many agencies receive CCUW distributions of money?

A: The CCUW distributes funds to 13 local nonprofit health and human service agencies each year.

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Q: Why should I give to the Callaway County United Way when I can give directly a charity?

There are several reasons why supporting the United Way is the best way to help the most people in our community.  These reasons include: 

  • The United Way takes the guesswork out of giving.  You don't have to choose where to direct your donation because the Callaway County United Way does the important homework for you.  The United Way supports programs across the spectrum of human care issues based on how effectively they meet specifically identified community needs.
  • Community volunteers carefully review each United Way funded program on an annual basis.  Their oversight ensures agencies adhere to sound fiscal policies and that your contribution is invested in programs that do the most good.
  • Giving through the CCUW reduces costly and time-consuming fundraising efforts for the agencies providing programs.  This enables them to better spend their time – and resources – to help the people that need their services.
  • When you give through your workplace campaign, your gift can be spread out over the course of a year through payroll deduction, making it easier for you to support the human care needs of our community.
  • When you give to the Callaway County United Way, your gift is invested with the contributions of others to help provide a continuum of care for those most in need.
  • The bottom line is that your gift to the Callaway County United Way stays local and gets results.

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Q: What is Callaway County United Way’s overhead?

A: The CCUW is committed to driving down administrative, marketing and fundraising expenses relentlessly.  We do not have an office therefore no rent expense or utility bill.  Our one staff member works from home and donates her own office equipment and space.  In addition, the small amount of overhead expenses that we do have is covered by corporate donations.  This group of elite donors is referred to as the Corporate Cornerstone Donors.  100% of all other donations (from individuals, employees and all other businesses) go directly to client services and to helping those in need.

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Q: What type of financial oversight does the CCUW have?

A: The CCUW’s Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility for its financial condition. By way of its Audit Committee, the Board retains an independent auditor who then reports the findings to the Board. The CCUW consistently receives an unqualified audit, which means a “clean audit.”

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Q: Does anyone monitor or recognize the CCUW’s work?

A: The CCUW consistently receives a seal of approval from United Way Worldwide and the Better Business Bureau.

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Q: Is my donation to the CCUW tax deductible?

A: Yes. The Callaway County United Way is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Contributions to Callaway County United Way, Inc. are tax deductible within the limits of current federal and Maryland state law. CCUW provides no goods or services in exchange for your contributions).

To be eligible for a deduction for the current tax year, you must donate by 9:00 p.m. on December 31 of the current year. You will receive a tax receipt for direct contributions of $250 or more made before this deadline.  The CCUW will send a receipt before January 31 of the following year. To ensure your receipt is delivered, please provide us with your mailing address.

If your contribution is being made by payroll deduction, you should keep a copy of your pledge card and/or email acknowledgement which, along with your pay stubs or other documents furnished by your employer, show the amount withheld for your contribution and will provide the necessary support for your contribution for Federal Income tax purposes.

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