United Way is a worldwide network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. United Ways bring communities together to focus on the most important needs in the community, build partnerships, forge consensus and leverage resources to make a measurable difference. For more information about the national organization, United Way Worldwide, visit UnitedWay.org
United Way provides much more than dollars. It has an overview perspective of the community. Our local United Way identifies community issues, convenes community groups and develops special initiatives. It certifies agencies and holds them accountable for outcomes. Some have called United Way’s certification the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval for nonprofit agencies. And our United Way strategically invests in effective programs, innovative approaches, and collaborative solutions. It supports invaluable services necessary to strengthen the community, including 2-1-1.
Thank you for wanting to help! A donation to United Way of Galveston stays in this community, and provides real impact in the lives of local families. Donating your time and talents to causes that you care about is as important as donating financially. To find the best match for your interests, click here.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. If you or your family need assistance such with needs such as housing, food, employment, or paying utility bills, you can dial “2-1-1.” The 2-1-1 hotline connects you to resources in your area that may be able to help.
United Way of Galveston makes sure your money goes where it is needed most. We offer donors the opportunity to support the entire community and maximize their giving. By choosing to give to our Allocations Fund, you give United Way of Galveston the power to attack the most pressing needs, based on research, in the region to create lasting changes. Knowing where the most pressing needs are is a strength of United Way. Donors who give to United Way know that they are supporting work that will strengthen their entire community. Another advantage of investing in United Way is the assurance that there is diligent monitoring to ensure your dollars are making the greatest impact.
United Way of Galveston is run by a volunteer board of directors comprised of community leaders and partners living and working in Galveston who are interested in creating community solutions.
Yes! The United Way of Galveston's Diversity and Inclusion Policy reflects our respect, value, and celebration of unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our community. It is our aim, therefore, that our partners, strategies and investments reflect these core values.
100% of donations designated to a specific agency go directly to that agency. 94.5 cents of every dollar pledged to United Way goes directly to program services, disaster response, the 2-1-1 helpline, and community-building collaborations. Less than 6 cents of every dollar funds administrative and fundraising costs. (The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance sets the maximum recommended rate for overhead costs at nonprofit organizations at 35 percent.)
Yes. We often say United Way is local giving with local impact. The money raised in Galveston stays in Galveston unless you, as the donor, request that it be sent to another United Way or a charity outside of our area.
An independent certified public accounting firm audits every United Way annually. Results, along with recommendations for improvements, are presented to each local Board of Directors. This group of local community volunteers then enacts and monitors suggested improvements. These annual audit reports are visible on our website, along with IRS Form 990 that we file annually.
United Way of Galveston will NEVER share your contact information with third parties. In fact, we only share designation information if a donor selects to share their information with their designated agency.