Frequently Asked Questions

What does United Way of Fulton County do?
What is the relationship between United Way and United Way of America?
Does United Way of Fulton County have its financial condition audited?
How big is the United Way staff and what do they do?
What makes United Way of Fulton County unique among charities?
Who benefits from United Way?
You all have the same logo, aren't all United Ways the same?
Who governs the United Way of Fulton County?
Who decides where my money goes?
Everyone needs help in an emergency. Do United Way partners support servies of this kind?

What does United Way of Fulton County do?

United Way of Fulton County is a local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been investing in the human care needs of our local community for more than 10 years. Our mission is to improve lives in Fulton County by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. By doing so we will build a stronger, healthier, more compassionate communities.

What is the relationship between United Way and United Way of America?

Similar to over 1,400 local United Ways across the country, our local United Way is separately incorporated and is independently governed by a board of community leaders and volunteers. United Way voluntarily supports United Way of America through membership investment of one percent of every dollar contributed. In return, the United Way effort in this region receiveds national services that include staff training, community research information, campaign products, NFL advertising, and on-going training and consultation.

Does United Way of Fulton County have its financial condition audited?

Yes, each year an independent CPA firm audits the books and provides an audit and management letter to Untied Way's Board of Directors.

How big is the United Way staff and what do they do?

There is one full-time person and one part-time person at United Way of Fulton County. The staff is responsible for the coordination of volunteers who work to fulfill United Way's mission.

Supporting the work of volunteers, United Way staff:

  1. Secure the necessary resources to support needed community programs and services that meet residents basic needs and address pressing community issues.
  2. Coordinate United Way's effors tackling chronic community problems
  3. Participate in various community collaborations aimed at addressing critical community needs and improving the provision of health and human services, including the Fulton County Family and Children First Council, the Long Term Recovery Committee, and others.

What makes United Way of Fulton County unique among charities?

Your United Way is an important funding source and community builder. United Way is a local community-managed, non-profit organization. Volunteer committees oversee all major functions of the organization and a small professional staff administers the day-to-day operations.

United Way is dedicated to effectively investing the community's financial and human resources to make a better community for us all.

United Way raises funds and invests them in education, health, income, essential services and community building programs in 27 local agencies. United Way works with local volunteers, community agencies, and others to find solutions to our community's most pressing problems.

Who benefits from United Way?

People in need-your family, friends, neighbors and you. Your local United Way is supported by and helps provide health and human services to everyone who works or lives in Fulton County. People who live and/or work in Fulton County may access services through the programs and agencies United Way supports.

You all have the same logo, aren't all United Ways the same?

No. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs.

Who governs the United Way of Fulton County?

A volunteer board of trustees governs United Way of Fulton County. It is made up of people who live and/or work within our county. This board is independent and makes policy and funding decisions for our United Way. You can view a listing of board members by clicking on the "About Us" menu item and choosing the "Board" item.

Who decides where my money goes?

Each year local volunteers evaluate each agency that applies for United Way funding. Each agency must meet the following criteria to qualify for funding:

  1. Be registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency
  2. Document effective delivery of high-priority programs and services in a reliable, cost-effective manner
  3. Demonstrate sound financial and administrative management practices through auditors' reports and other valid documentaion
  4. Be in compliance with all applicable laws
  5. Be governed by a volunteer board of directors
  6. Make a formal application to United Way for program funding
  7. Demonstrate impact through measurable outcomes - in other words, show that they get results

Everyone needs help in an emergency. Do United Way partners support servies of this kind?

Yes. United Way financially supports program providing numerous emergency services. These services include help with food, shelter, clothing, utilities, medical needs, victim support, crisis counseling and financial assistance. Individuals can access these programs and more through referrals giving by 2-1-1.

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