Why should I give?
United Way of Burlington County is a community leader dedicated not only to funding programs that confront the issues facing our community, but also finding solutions to overcome them.
The broad range of United Way-funded programs and services help create a strong community, and your generosity benefits your coworkers, neighbors, friends and family throughout the county. By investing in your community, you ensure a life-changing program will be available for someone both today and tomorrow.
Where does my money go?
When you give to United Way of Burlington County, you can be assured that your contribution is being invested wisely. United Way partner agencies meet rigorous management standards that are reviewed on a regular basis by United Way professionals and specially trained volunteers. Each partner agency has an established record of service and financial stability.
Local United Way volunteers invest your contributions in local programs that are designed to make our community stronger and to help people live better lives. Those programs include quality, affordable child care for working parents; emergency response during times of crisis; access to affordable, quality mental health services for families; and promoting independence for seniors and the disabled.
Who directs the work of the United Way?
United Way of Burlington County is led by a dedicated local Board of Directors that are supported by a team of professional staff, a myriad of volunteers and various community partners. Founded almost 50 years ago, United Way of Burlington County is an independent, local organization formed and directed by a broad cross-section of community volunteers committed to making a difference in Burlington County.
Why give to the United Way?
Leverage - Your contribution has more impact when pooled with those of other donors. When you give to United Way, you build support for a campaign that raises nearly $5 million per year in voluntary giving. United Way is most powerful when we bring communities and funding partners together around a set of issues that can only be addressed collectively.
Network of Care - No single agency can serve every need. You help a child, but you don't help the parent. Or you find someone a job but you don't help them with day care. United Way funds a network of services so that the needs of the whole family can be met and sustained. The Advancing the Common Good Fund is the only option that allows you such far reaching impact with a single donation. And, your gift is invested only in programs with proven results.
Advancing the Common Good - United Way provides a safety net for individuals in need and measurable initiatives to tackle the root causes of critical issues. By giving through United Way, donors can make a difference on problems they care about as well as those that fall outside the course of their daily lives. United Way's broader reach touches people whose lives we can only begin
Results - United Way provides oversight for donors because we understand that most donors do not have the time to be personally involved with a non-profit agency in order to monitor the use of their charitable gift. United Way staff convenes community leaders to research needs, selects the most effective approaches to dealing with particular problems and identifies agencies best qualified to do the work.
Why choose the Advancing the Common Good Fund?
Local United Way volunteers invest your Advancing the Common Good Fund contributions in local programs that are designed to make our community stronger and safer, and help people live better lives. Those programs include affordable child care for working parents, emergency response during times of crisis, access to adult daycare for the elderly and preventing domestic abuse from destroying lives.
Who decides how the money raised is allocated to local agencies?
Funds are allocated by community volunteers who serve on Community Impact teams. Last year, close to 40 volunteers dedicted more than 600 hours evaluating each partner agency and its ability to manage community needs, the effectiveness of its programs and its fiscal accountability.
Can I give directly to my favorite agency?
Through our specific agency designation program, it is possible to direct your gift to one or more agencies that request United Way funding or to another United Way. We encourage unrestricted giving to our Advancing the Common Good Fund which addresses the most pressing needs right here at home.
How do I know that United Way handles its finances and my money responsibly?
A certified public accounting firm audits the United Way of Burlington County annually. Results and recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors. Copies of our financial summaries are available by calling 609-267-4500 or you can view our most recent annual report and 990 here.