Dedicated to Effectiveness and Efficiency
United Way is proud to maintain a low administrative rate of 6.5%. Additionally, Community Change Teams comprised of community volunteers from all walks of life ensure that affiliated programs are spending their awarded dollars wisely and efficiently. United Way of Saginaw County operates in compliance with the comprehensive requirements for completion of audited financial statements developed by the United Way system. The requirements are intended to create a uniform set of standards for all United Ways to follow in preparing audited financial statements to ensure consistency, transparency and accountability on the part of the local United Ways. The United Way system has also developed requirements for completion of the IRS Form 990 that clarify various areas of ambiguity and establish a single United Way standard for the 990.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the general administrative cost for United Way?
A. United Way of Saginaw County's general administrative expenses represent 6.5% of total agency expenditures.
Q. How do I know that my pledge really goes to the people who need it most?
A. Only when you give to United Way can you be assured that those with the greatest need will be helped. This is because United Way provides a community-wide program review process, run by concerned volunteers, people just like you, who take the time to learn about community needs. United Way also insists that all agencies collaborate to make scarce resources benefit as many people in need as possible.
Q. Who does United Way serve?
A. Your contributions are used locally to help meet the needs of the community.
Q. When I donate to United Way, where does my money go?
A. Your donation goes to help individuals and families in Saginaw County become more financially stable. In Saginaw County, nearly 50% of residents struggle to meet their basic needs. With your dollars, we fight the root causes of financial instability such as high barriers to reliable employment. For a full list of our affiliated programs, please visit our Community Impact Strategy page.