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United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our worldwide network is working to advance the common good in 47 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S.With your help we can reignite a movement that is committed to creating opportunities for everyone.

With your support we can achieve these goals. Please consider United Way in your year-end giving plans. Give as generously as you can – a gift to United Way is 100 percent tax deductible.

We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable and when people have good health. Join the 14 million people throughout the country that are a part of this dynamic movement. Give now.


A How-To Guide for Charitable Giving

As the nation’s largest charity, United Way of America understands the impact that charitable giving has on improving communities and helping individuals. United Way also understands how important it is to choose the right organization to donate your hard-earned dollars. As you prepare to make any type of charitable gift, we urge you to follow the simple guidelines below.

1. View Your Donation as an Investment. Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction. An investment approach to a particular group or cause will ensure a more meaningful experience for you.

2. Do Your Homework. When selecting where to give, it is important to gather all the facts. Conducting thorough research prior to giving will help you separate legitimate charities from frauds, as well as reassure you that your donation is truly helping those who need it most. To avoid fraudulent charities, make sure your chosen charity doesn’t engage in any of the following activities

Japan and the Pacific

The hearts and minds of the United Way movement around the world are with the people of Japan. With communications disrupted by the disaster, we were finally successful on Saturday in connecting with Central Community Chest of Japan. They are safe, but they have not been able to contact all of the local Community Chests in disaster-stricken areas. Central Community Chest of Japan is convening local Community Chests to create one central fund and are collaborating with government, local businesses and other NGOs to coordinate response on the ground.

As soon as we have solid information about the central fund, we will immediately provide this information to the United Way network. We are not activating the United Way Worldwide disaster fund but will direct to the local fund. The Community Chest of Korea has already committed $500,000.

Here are the ways we are helping now:

  • Until we have an electronic link to the local disaster fund, individuals or organizations wanting to make donations to disaster efforts of greater than $5,000 can donate to United Way’s International Donor Advised Giving (IDAG) program –
  • As there are hidden costs and complications associated with contributions of goods or services, we discourage unsolicited product donations
  • Those trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan are directed to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizen Services toll free from within the U.S. at +1.888.407.4747, from outside the U.S. at +1.202.647.5225 or on their website –

We’ll keep you posted as more information is available.

Worldwide Disaster Fund

Help Haiti & Chile by donating to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.


When disasters strike around the world, United Way provides long-term recovery and rebuilding support focused on education, income and health.

Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding: Donations will support long-term recovery efforts where they are most needed.

Chile: Donations will support long-term recovery and rebuilding following the February 27th earthquake.

Haiti: Donations will support long-term recovery and rebuilding following the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th.

Donate today to make a difference internationally.