How does United Way help my community?
United Way's fundraising efforts support non-profit organizations that help people from all walks of life. The variety of the non-profits supported by the Kewanee Area United Way reflects the diversity of Kewanee area residents.
Chances are that you, a family member, a friend, or a neighbor has benefited from programs that receive funding from the United Way campaign. For example, United Way agencies include after school programs, tutoring, help in improving the independence and quality of life for older individuals, services and training for individuals with disabilities, home delivered meals, food pantries, mental health counseling, a safe haven for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, support services for those touched by trauma, grief, neglect, loss, abuse, and at-risk youth, children and families, home repair to qualifying existing homeowners, mental health public awareness and suicide prevention training and more.
What do we mean by the 'Kewanee area?
The Kewanee area in the context of the Kewanee Area United Way is the greater part of Henry and Stark counties. This means that we serve so much more than the town of Kewanee where our office is located. The towns this office serves (with monthly support of member agencies) are: Annawan, Atkinson, Bishop Hill, Bradford, Cambridge, Castleton, Galva, Hoopole, Kewanee, Lafayette, Speer, Toulon, and Wyoming. Our member agencies provide services to clients in all of these areas. And that is how we are the Kewanee Area United Way!
What makes the United Way unique?
Kewanee Area United Way (KAUW) consists of a far-reaching network of many agencies that assist people in Henry and Stark counties - your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. Through the benevolence of the great people in Henry and Stark counties, KAUW works throughout each year to raise funds for all of our partner agencies. This assures that many agencies receive much needed funded. Funding through KAUW is considered local funding and may also be used to help meet the requirement for local funding for grants from the state and federal governments or other funding sources. Our time-tested experience in working with local non-profits allows us to raise money for many initiatives simultaneously.
Through the Kewanee Area United Way, resources meet needs in an efficient manner to provide help when it's needed most.
Contact us to learn how you can help the Kewanee Area United Way meet the needs of those in our area. We are incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and incorporated in the state of Illinois.
How do non-profits benefit from United Way affiliation?
First, our non-profit partners can take advantage of United Way's consolidated fundraising efforts, which give them a dependable source of annual funding and improve their operational efficiency.
Second, their United Way affiliation raises their visibility in the private and public sectors, improving their chances to win grants and other vital financial support. Additionally, coordination of services is facilitated by the interaction between KAUW Agency Partners. And...finally, United Way gives them access to crucial planning resources, so they can determine how their programs can best serve the public.
How do non-profits become affiliated with United Way?
Each year, organizations must apply to be promoted in our campaign, and, in keeping with United Way's high standards of integrity and accountability, must meet strict criteria for approval, including:
Why give to United Way and not give directly to an individual non-profit?
There are two key reasons to give to United Way rather than directly to a non-profit.
How can I be sure that my donation will be used efficiently and effectively?
We understand that your donation represents more than money - it shows your trust in our organization and our ability to serve the community. Because the value of that trust is priceless, Kewanee Area United Way has:
Is my gift tax deductable?
Yes; in most cases you must have a receipt for your donation to meet IRS requirements. If you donate to United Way via payroll deduction, keep your pay stubs as your receipts. If you make a donation of $250 or more, you'll receive a tax receipt letter from United Way reflecting the amount of your gift. Contact a tax professional for the various ways that donations may help both the individual and the Kewanee Area United Way.
How much of my United Way donation goes to programs and services?
United Way has a long tradition as the leader in low-cost community impact! Our proven consolidated fundraising concept, combined with the generous efforts of our campaign volunteers, helps us maintain low costs and high efficiency. As much as possible, KAUW works with donated services and volunteers to keep administrative fees as low as possible. Although nationally administrative fees across most non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, range from 10-40%; the Kewanee Area United Way strives to keep overhead expenses as close to 14% as possible. The rest goes directly into community services and programs that improve, transform and even save lives. This policy applies to all designated and undesignated donations.
Please visit www.kauw.org for more information on Partner Agencies and to donate.