Position Statements

Public Issues and United Way of Summit County

Public issues statements are designed to clarify the position of the United Way of Summit County on issues affecting the organization and our community. The values of United Way are embodied in our LIVE UNITED campaign. This is a call to action – and invitation for everyone to join us, regardless of their stance on various issues. We invite varying points of view and voices to all come together so we can continue to advance the common good in Summit County.

For more information, contact:

Jim Mullen, President & CEO 330.643.5520
Beth Boggins VP, Marketing & Brand Management 330.643.5519

Boy Scouts of America – Great Trail Council

United Way’s program funding to Boy Scouts of America supports Venturing, an effective youth development program for boys and girls. United Way’s support of youth development is a critical element in our work to help all children in our community become successful in school, work and life. Boy Scouts of America – Great Trail Council meets United Way of Summit County’s standards of eligibility for funded agency status and is therefore eligible to apply for funding. United Way 2015 – 2016 funding for Boy Scouts of America – Great Trail Council will be $35,000. In addition donor directed gifts in the amount of $72,888 were made to the agency during the 2013 campaign.

We recognize that the debate continues, both locally and nationally, regarding the Boy Scouts’ policy to disallow gay adults as leaders. United Way staff and volunteers continue to monitor the situation and work with the local Boy Scout council to ensure that programming remains consistent with United Way's philosophy. As an organization, United Way embraces inclusiveness, diversity, and equal opportunity as part of our core values, Code of Ethics, and human resource policies.

United Way funding decisions have always been made using an inclusive community process – one that involves a broad dialogue with donors, volunteers and other concerned citizens dedicated to building a stronger community. We understand that the community is stronger when a diversity of viewpoints is respected and embraced.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

United Way funded programs through Planned Parenthood include medical care services, family planning, communicable disease prevention and health education largely aimed at very low-income, uninsured women. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio meets United Way of Summit County’s standards of eligibility for funded agency status and is accordingly eligible to apply for funding. United Way 2016 – 2017 funding to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio will be $70,157; in addition donor directed gifts in the amount of $59,645 were made to the agency during the 2015 campaign.

United Way funds are not currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. United Way has not taken a position on the divisive issue of abortion because we do not want any single topic to overshadow our work to provide access to health care services in the interest of individual success and a thriving community.

United Way funding decisions have always been made using an inclusive community process – one that involves a broad dialogue with donors, volunteers and other concerned citizens dedicated to building a stronger community. We understand that the community is stronger when a diversity of viewpoints is respected and embraced.

Donor Choice Policy

United Way donors have the ability to exclude from their donation any United Way-funded agency.