"Give, Advocate, and Volunteer" --that nicely sums up the United Way philosophy of community engagement int one tidy sound byte. But did you know t hat volunteering is as good for you, a student looking for a way to distinguish yourself in the job market, as it is for your community? Whether you do a short term during Spring Break or make a longer term commitment during the summer, recruiters and employers will notice.
The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville has made a real difference in Sandy Overstreet's life. Of its free tax preparation program, VITA, Sandy says, "It means so much to know that these credits boost our refund each year and help us take care of our grandson. This program is amazing, and I love it.”
Thursday's introduction of the bipartisan Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) is heartening news for all charities that depend on gifts from small and medium-sized donors. United Way is proud of the work it has done to support and advance this effort.
If passed, Smith’s bill would move charitable tax deductions “above-the-line,” allowing taxpayers to write off donations whether or not they itemize. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQW2t
Current projections indicate that charitable giving will drop $13 billion dollars annually without this measure. Small and medium-sized donors won't stop giving, but they will give less.
"There is no way to sugarcoat what this decline will mean—a reduction in the vital and necessary work of the organizations that depend on such revenue,” says Cathy Liss, President of the Animal Welfare Institute. “This covers every aspect of society, from ensuring the humane treatment of animals to providing meals to the elderly and shelter to the homeless, from after-school enrichment programs for children to countless other endeavors.”
Among the many things United Way does is advocate for the people it serves. So many of those who call into our twenty-four hour lifeline, 2-1-1, are in need of food. We help them find food pantries and sign up for SNAP--sometimes called the Food Stamp program. Won't you help us to make certain that vital program remains available to elders, children, veterans and others?
Talk about a dynamic duo: Salesforce, the CRM leader in the world, and United Way, a leader in workplace philanthropy. We've teamed up to build the Philanthropy Cloud. As Salesforce,org CEO Rob Acker says, “I’m 100 percent convinced this will change the world.”
What is Women United? Lisa Bowman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, explains the program to Robert Traynham, Comcast Newsmaker's anchor.
United Way of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) is the home of a soon-to-be-star, Tish Haynes. On March 12, she successfully turned around two of the four chairs on NBC's "The Voice" with with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” She is now on coach Adam Levine's team.
The whole system, all 1800 local UWs, are rooting for her. Of course, after working with Tish for 14 years, the St. Louis staff already know she's a winner. They were among her earliest fans.
The Women United affinity group of Greater Twin Cities United Way (Minnesota), celebrated International Women's Day by joining with the International Institute of Minnesota to host a conversation about pathways to gender parity - particularly for women who are new Americans. Their theme was #PressforProgress.
“The most important thing we can do for these women is to build career pathways—help them find their first job and then move up from entry level to a higher paying job.”
Since 2005, members of the Women United affinity group has invested more than $6 million through Innovation Grants in organizations that support financial stability for women. How's that for walking your talk?
Part of what makes working at United Way so special is our commitment to diversity and inclusion. At some local organizations that commitment includes themed month-long activities run by and for staff.
Popular focal points are Black History Month, Women's History Month, Asian-Pacific American Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and LGBTQ Pride Month. But there's plenty of room for others! It's all about staff stepping forward and saying, "I want to lead on ______ [fill in the blank]."
Self-selected staff organize activities and--of course-- there's always a month-end potluck!
As a result of one Women's History Month luncheon, United Way Bay Area compiled this cookbook, full of the best recipes of our fore mothers. It's a perennial staff favorite.
One thing you can say for United Way...even after a century plus, we are still eager to innovate and engage on the widest possible scale. Today's employers and workers want to be connected. They want to customize and coordinate their giving, advocating, and volunteering in ways that make sense to THEM. By working with Salesforce to create and launch the Philanthropy Cloud, we aim to make that not only possible, but also easy, fun, and impactful.