Policies

Donor Choice Policies

In June of 2016, after much consideration and many candid discussions with community stakeholders and local leaders, the United Way Board of Directors approved a number of changes to United Way of Summit County’s donation policies. As United Way transitions from an organization that focuses on traditional, transactional fundraising to one focused on achieving measurable, meaningful change, we must find more effective ways to utilize the resources available to us. For that reason, these new policies are designed to increase the share of United Way’s funds that are invested in our mission to advance the common good in Summit County through Education, Income and Health.


United Way of Summit County Donor Choice Policy

2016 Campaign
 
These policies will take effect on July 31, 2016
  • Corporate contributions may not be designated to specific agencies.
  • Designations by individual donors must be made at the time of a pledge.
2017 Campaign
 
These policies will take effect on April 1, 2017
  • There will be a minimum gift of $52.00 per year on all payroll deductions.
  • A cost assessment of 13.4 percent – up to a maximum of $5,000 per year – will be deducted from all designated donations. Donations allocated directly to United Way of Summit County will not be subject to this cost assessment.
  • In regional campaigns run by United Way of Summit County as the United Way serving a company’s corporate headquarters, the cost assessment is broken down as follows: 9 percent fundraising and 4.4 percent processing.
  • Designations may only be made to:
  1. Summit County direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health, or
  2. Direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health that have been approved by another United Way.
Note: Designated donations are gifts to United Way of Summit County that have been earmarked by the donor for distribution to a third-party nonprofit organization. 
 

United Way of Summit County Donor Choice Policy for Tocqueville Society Members

2016 Campaign
 
These policies will take effect on July 31, 2016
  • Though it is preferred that designations be made at the time of a pledge, all 2016 campaign designations must be made by January 31, 2017.
  • Beginning on February 1, 2017, all designations must be made at the time of a pledge.
2017 Campaign
 
These policies will take effect on April 1, 2017
  • Designations must be made at the time of a pledge.
  • All new Tocqueville gifts may only be designated to:
  1. Summit County direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health, or
  2. Direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health that have been approved by another United Way.
2018 Campaign
 
These policies will take effect on April 1, 2018
  • A cost assessment of 13.4 percent – up to a maximum of $5,000 per year – will be deducted from all designated donations. Donations allocated directly to United Way of Summit County will not be subject to this cost assessment.
  • All designations may only be made to:
  1. Summit County direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health, or
  2. Direct service 501(c)3 organizations focused on Education, Income and Health that have been approved by another United Way.
Note: Designated donations are gifts to United Way of Summit County that have been earmarked by the donor for distribution to a third-party nonprofit organization.
 

Additional Donor POLICies

Donor can request to exclude a United Way affiliated agency from receiving their contribution. These exclusions are implemented by distributing the contribution to every other affiliated agency other than the one excluded, over and above any other funding they receive; this allows a donor to support community services at all other United Way partner agencies except for the one he/she does not want to support.

The amount of designations paid by payroll deduction is based on company/business collection experience. Employee designations from employers that do not release individual payroll deduction payment information to us are paid net of the collection experience at each employer.

Donor Privacy Policy

Information you provide as a donor to United Way of Summit County is used only to properly credit contributions provide recognition and communicate about our work. We respect the privacy of our supporters and do not rent, trade or sell our information.