Yes, I am affiliated with United Way and I'd like to clear up some of your common mis-perceptions a/o criticisms of the organization:
1. The United Way abhors any intimidation tactics used by campaign agencies to solicit donations. It is noted in their policies and procedures that this behavior is inconsistent with their message and they encourage any one who witnesses any such behavior to report it to them. They have staff who directly handle each company or institution campaign and issues such as that can be addressed.
2. Janet Jackson is a leading local figure and her salary is reflective of a seasoned professional who handles a non-profit organization the size of the local United Way. Our local United Way is recognized INTERNATIONALLY as a leader and model United Way and it is through her tireless leadership that it is that way. She deserves everything she has acquired for both herself and the agency. Not that you would need to, but you will find that she makes a comparable salary to many large non-profit organizations that provide the services that United Way does. For those that compare United Way to say the Salvation Army, please note that the Salvation Army is a self-sustaining organization, while the United Way provides funding to over 70 different non-profit organizations. You can't compare the two.
3. OUR United Way goes a lot farther than simply providing funding for local non-profits. For example, the United Way organizes Community Care Day, the singular largest volunteer movement in Central Ohio which has provided over 80,000 volunteer hours in just the last 5 years. This is your neighbors, your friends, your bosses and your families all coming together for one day to help non-rpofit organizations by building, planting, moving painting and all types of other services to give back to the community. How exactly do you think all that gets organized ??
Please do make an attempt to have factual information before disparaging one of the finest and historical local organiztions that's doing real good in our community.
1. That kind of feedback always gets back to the intimidators, on which the snitch's job depends, and retribution ensues.
2. The President of the United States makes $400,000, and is responsible for a whole country. Something like UW is supposed to help the community, a certain level of selflessness should attach. Her salary is MUCH higher than the directors of some of these agencies.$100,000 a year would be plenty.
3. Ah yes, Community Care Day. They announce the day, and the pairing up of companies with agencies. After that, it's all on the volunteers and agency directors.
Why is that an organization that relies so much on volunteers has overhead of over 10%?
Why have they GUTTED funding to agencies that help elderly and disabled?