Re: United Way
The United Way is a very worthy charity, IMO. They raise funds for non profits who would otherwise not have the means to generate those funds themselves, because of their small staffs and shoestring budgets, so I don't look at the 13% overhead literally. If you designate your donation to go the ARL, or whomever, they get that money without having to buy their own advertising-they just have to play by the UW's rules. Plus if you work for a large company (ie Wells Fargo, my employer) they will match your contribution.
Originally Posted by brianhos
I designate my contribution to Komen for the Cure, since my wife is a breast cancer survivor.
Re: United Way
Funny how this came up because I had a lengthy discussion with a co-worker about this a few days ago...
About all they get from me is $15-$20 a year and that's because I basically just do a 1 time thing and pay to wears jeans to work for a week or something. It's not so much that I am against UW is that I hate all the hype the employers put into it when all we hear is we don't have money in the budget for this or that or to give you all better raises, etc. yet these are the same managers or companies that blow money on pointless things as well. If you want me to contribute per paycheck make it so that we're getting paid enough to afford to give to all these different charities that everyone comes after us for money, then I'll start contributing monthly to the UW just so our company can feel good about ourselves.
After working in a corporate environment now, my views have really changed about how I see corporate America these days. Loyalty is worthless anymore, if paying employees less and working them more hours or even yet laying some off just so the company can make more and raise their stock value they'll do it. I learned a valuable lesson from my father. While he didn't work for a big corporation, he worked for a national organization that was funded through an agricultural program and he was let go a few years ago as part of a downsize just shy of 25 years with them and he was one of the next ranking executives just below the CEO. It wasn't like he was an easy replacable factory worker, they just flat out eliminated his position and several others and did not refill it. Now he's self employed just shy of retirement and his biggest thing that he now preaches to people is if a better opportunity arises take it and don't feel you that you owe your current employer anything or feel guilty for leaving. He had chances to leave for other jobs but selfishly stuck with where he was at. When it comes to making money they will not stand loyal to you no matter who you are so why should you feel you need to be loyal to them if there is a better opportunity available?
Back to charities, my main donation right now is $100 a month to a friend of mine that does Campus Crusades as his and his wife's career. He doesn't get paid a set ammount by an organization, he has to live off the money he gets donations from so his house payment, car, food, etc. all comes from people like me that support his cause and he has to go out and get these donations himself, they usually just don't show up at his doorstep. I know that my money is going to a good cause and I know it's not being blown on stupid things or paying some CEO's salary it's being spent just so someone's family can pay the bills month to month.
Re: United Way
I stopped giving to United Way back in the '90s, because they are a large charity, and they boycotted the Boy Scouts.
It was a great thing, because I quit being a lazy "giver" and started researching and finding my own charities to give to.
Our family gives generously to several worthy charities, and we have nothing extra to give to a large, fairly faceless corporation with questionable ethics (they encourage bosses to shake their employees down for donations as a "loyalty" thing) and political views I disagree with.
And, yes, United Way takes a cut of your donations, even if you designate your donation.