The United Way
system includes approximately 1,350 community-based United Way
organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated and
governed by local volunteers.
Our experience tells us
that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the
root causes of a community's most serious problems. It takes
the whole community-- working together-- to pull it off.
United Ways bring communities together to focus on the most
important needs in the community -- building partnerships, forging
consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable
United Ways ensure that each organization in which they invest is a
non-profit, tax-exempt charity governed by volunteers, and that
it submits to an annual, independent financial audit,
provides services at a reasonable cost, and maintains a
policy of non-discrimination.
A vast network of volunteers and the simplicity of corporate payroll
deduction keep administrative expenses low - averaging 13
percent of all funds raised at the largest United Ways.
This figure compares favorably with the suggested Better
Business Bureau guidelines of up to 35 percent.
United Way of Kentucky
is the statewide organization dedicated to leading the
United Way movement in making measurable impact in every
community across the Commonwealth. It invests in the programs
and services that strengthen the ability of 21 local United Ways in
Kentucky to identify and build a coalition around a set of
community priorities and measure success based on