Some of the most commonly asked questions
about United Way:

Why should I give to the United Way instead of giving directly to an organization or agency?

  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN IMPORTANT ISSUES AND VALUABLE SERVICES. Your United Way donation touches the entire community and meets a wide variety of needs.

  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE GIVING TO A "GOOD" CHARITY. Our community run allocations committee reviews each of our funded programs and agencies to ensure

    • They are addressing an actual community need

    • They are operating in a fiscally responsible manner


    • Each agency is focused on fulfilling its unique mission. However, some needs of the community are broader than the scope of any one agency. The United Way is positioned to identify these needs and coordinate collaboration between different organizations.

    • The United Way can also respond to emerging community needs before there is even an agency to serve them.

How much of every United Way dollar goes to United Way Worldwide?

Three-quarters of one percent. Our membership with United Way Worldwide gives us access to tools and training to benefit our community.

The Government should be doing more. That's the reason I pay taxes, right?

The government can't do everything. And some things, we would prefer to do on a community grass roots level. Your gift to United Way stays local and is allocated by your friends, neighbors and colleagues. 

Why should I invest in the United Way if I never use any of the agency services?

You might be surprised to learn how many organizations that touch our lives are supported by donations to the United Way of Columbia and Montour County. The Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army are just a few of the United Way agencies that provide services that benefit everyone. It's also important to recognize that a healthy community is valuable to all of its citizens.

Do you still have questions?
Use our contact form or email us to reach out.