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DSU United Way 2014 Drive

January 14 - January 28

  United Way Drive


Pledge Instructions

If you are DSU faculty or staff, please refer to the link in your email from January 14 to make your pledge.  Subject: DSU 2013 United Way Campaign - DO NOT DELETE.  Paper forms are available. Contact the Office of Development.

Click the link in your email and you will automatically be logged in so you can make your pledge. If for some reason you get logged out, try closing the window and clicking the link again.  If that does not work, please contact the e-pledge helpline at 302-573-3791.

If you choose to designate any portion of your pledge to DSU, please use the DSU United Way code 12217. This is the only way for the DSU Foundation to properly credit you for your donation to Delaware State University. 

Look for the agency search tab at the bottom of Step 3 (allocation). Type in the amount you want to designate and click ADD.  Note: Any designation must be a minimum of $25.00.  You can then click next and complete your United Way pledge.

Additional frequently asked questions are included on this page to address any other questions you may have.

Thank you for supporting the 2014 DSU United Way Drive.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Have a United Way Drive?

Why Should I Contribute?

I Don't Need to Give Because My Spouse Gives Where He (She) Works.

Who Uses United Way Services?

I'm Not Going to Use These Services, Why Should I Support Them?

What Are the Standards for Admitting an Agency to United Way?

Should I Give Even If I Don't Like All the Member Agencies?

Who Decides How Much is Allocated to Each United Way Agency?

Can I Designate Specific Agencies To Receive My Donation?

How Carefully Are Agency Expenditures Overseen?

Why Do Some Agencies Charge Fees?

Do I Have to Contribute?

What Is The Percentage Overhead?

 

Why Have a United Way Drive?

The single, annual fund-raising drive which helps to provide a multitude of services is the most efficient, economical method yet devised. It works so well because volunteers can combine their resources for one appeal instead of many individual drives. Contributors, too, have the opportunity to see their human service dollars go the farthest to do the most good, helping to support many agencies through one gift.

Why Should I Contribute?

Your charitable dollar goes farther with United Way. United Way is run by volunteers, which insures that the maximum amount of every dollar contributed is returned to work in the community.

I Don't Need to Give Because My Spouse Gives Where He (She) Works.

We're glad to hear that your spouse supports United Way. But, as an individual, your gift is important also. When your spouse gives his/her fair share, he/she is giving based on his/her individual salary. We are asking that you do the same, as an individual, by making a contribution based on your salary.

Who Uses United Way Services?

People from all walks of life. People suffering the stress of unemployment, the elderly, the handicapped, youth, and families. Anyone who has ever taken a course from the Red Cross. . . children who have enjoyed a Scouting program. The list includes 111 agencies, all providing services to a wide spectrum of people.

I'm Not Going to Use These Services, Why Should I Support Them?

It's possible that you may never use United Way services. However, some people give because they want to maintain the services in case they do need them, like disaster assistance or home health care for an elderly relative, or youth development programs. But a number of people give because there are persons in our community who cannot pay their own way . . . who really cannot help themselves as much as they would like . . . an abused child, a handicapped youngster, an elderly invalid, the mentally ill. They need help . . service . . . so they can learn to help themselves.

What Are the Standards for Admitting an Agency to United Way?

Volunteers serving on the Membership Committee review a wide range of information before admitting an agency to United Way. Standards an agency must meet include nonprofit status, a solid financial responsibility record, providing needed services, serving Delawareans, having an active, responsive voluntary board, having services readily available regardless of race or creed and a competent agency staff.

Should I Give Even If I Don't Like All the Member Agencies?

It would be impossible for United Way to fund 111 agencies that would appeal to everyone. It is this very scope of services that is United Way's main selling point. Be assured that all agencies receiving United Way support are carefully reviewed each year by committees of volunteers drawn from the community.

Who Decides How Much is Allocated to Each United Way Agency?

Volunteers–people like yourself--decide how much is allocated. The allocation of United Way dollars is a continuing review process involving volunteer participation to assure contributors that every dollar is spent wisely. Volunteer committees, representing all segments of our area, work together to review agency programs and budgets.

Can I Designate Specific Agencies To Receive My Donation?

Yes, United Way's designation system lets you designate specific local agencies, neighboring United Ways, specific agencies with other United Ways, and eligible Delaware nonprofit organizations.

How Carefully Are Agency Expenditures Overseen?

An important element in United Way agency admission is sound fiscal management. Periodic financial reports and annual audits insure this.

Why Do Some Agencies Charge Fees?

United Way funded services are used by all kinds of people–not as a charity, but as an aid to everyday living. The funds raised by the campaign go far to ensure that no one in need will be deprived. People who can afford to pay do so; others pay what they can afford.

Do I Have to Contribute?

No, all contributions are voluntary. United Way policy states, "Giving is a personal matter and a personal decision; whether individuals wish to give and how much they choose to give are up to the individual." Employee giving should not have a stated or implied affect on employment status.

What Is The Percentage Overhead?

Eighty-nine percent of the money contributed goes directly to the United Way agencies while eleven percent goes to administrative costs.

United Way code for Delaware State University is 12217

For questions about the DSU United Way drive, contact:

LaShawne Pryor
Director Annual Giving
302-857-7391