United Way drive begins in Summit

United Way drive begins in Summit

There are 17 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 22, 2008, titled United Way drive begins in Summit. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The United Way of Summit County will try to raise 2 percent more money this year than last.

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Not a donator

Cleveland, OH

#1 Aug 22, 2008
Shame on united way. You turned your back on so many families. No respect for this "organization". Shame on united way ...
XDEM

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#3 Aug 22, 2008
Come back to me after the November election. If my taxes go up any more and the congress does not do something about the full prices, I will not be able to give to the United Way.
Disgusted

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#4 Aug 22, 2008
This year, with food costs and utility costs out of sight, there's nothing left over for the United Way! They're going to have to get their extra 2% from businesses ... oh, are there any of those left in Summit County?

Since: Mar 07

Tulsa, OK

#5 Aug 22, 2008
The United Way is like the City Hall Hero. Once they burn y'all, y'all jes' don't have any faith in them anymore.

The difference of course, is that the City Hall Hero continues to burn the taxpayers year after year.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#6 Aug 22, 2008
Betamax wrote:
The United Way is like the City Hall Hero. Once they burn y'all, y'all jes' don't have any faith in them anymore.
The difference of course, is that the City Hall Hero continues to burn the taxpayers year after year.
Really not that much blood-sucking difference.

At least UW gives you a ribbon or sticker for your gullibile obedience.
Tallmadge Proud

Akron, OH

#7 Aug 22, 2008
Please don't ask me to give, and here is why.

I can't support a bloated organization like United Way who pay such high salaries to it's executives like President Bob Kulinski $171,000 and VP Charlene Corlett $97,000. There is no way they deserve that kind of pay for collecting from others to give to their chosen charities minus the 20% they use for salaries and expenses. In 2007 they collected $12.6 million and gave out $10.1 million to the charities, the rest went to U-Way salaries, expenses, and fund raising.

My arm was twisted by my employer for the last time when I found out the kind of money these blood sickers get paid. Now I give directly to the charities of my own choosing and skip the United Way arm twisting blood suckers.
Spirit of Reagan

Redwood City, CA

#8 Aug 22, 2008
I always resented their employee shakedown fundraising method. If people want to give that is great but to force employees to go to a room and hear a pitch and then state a company goal and to push for a payroll deduction are a little much.

The company I work at now does not push United Way on people but they have a program where they match donations up to a certain amount for approved organizations. This is much better.
never

Warren, OH

#9 Aug 22, 2008
never will I give to this bloated organization, glad employers don't force their employees anymore either. I will not give money to pay for their higher ups to live well, no way. There are other people and organizations that need this money, local churches and pet shelters and so on>
Its also good to know there are people that are waking up and realizing this too
no one important

Akron, OH

#10 Aug 22, 2008
there are far more reputable charities to give to that doesn't harass you for money. make sure you research before you donate, some charities are scams.

“I'm just saying...”

Since: Jul 08

Orrville

#11 Aug 22, 2008
no one important wrote:
there are far more reputable charities to give to that doesn't harass you for money. make sure you research before you donate, some charities are scams.
I agree...do the research. You will find the United Way to be a solid charity. Yes they work with your employer to raise money. Why do so many companies work in conjunction with UW? Because it is a great organization that keeps your local donation in the community.

So please...do some research.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#12 Aug 22, 2008
Better that people directly help people you see need help, rather than trusting corporations with CEOs to help the people that you see need help.

Corporations can shake down employees in the name of an organized charity. Then the organization gives said amount of shook-down money to other organizations. With cooked-books "accountability" for that money.

Find a small church pantry with which to share this year's prodigious tomato crop. Help a little kid across a busy intersection (while the croissing guard is off sneaking a smoke). Take an extra 30 minutes to cut an elderly neighbor's grass after doing your own. Help pack pencils and toothpaste for kids in Appalachia. That's true charity. Not strong-arm corporate "charity".
Give Directly

Ashtabula, OH

#13 Aug 22, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
Please don't ask me to give, and here is why.
I can't support a bloated organization like United Way who pay such high salaries to it's executives like President Bob Kulinski $171,000 and VP Charlene Corlett $97,000. There is no way they deserve that kind of pay for collecting from others to give to their chosen charities minus the 20% they use for salaries and expenses. In 2007 they collected $12.6 million and gave out $10.1 million to the charities, the rest went to U-Way salaries, expenses, and fund raising.
My arm was twisted by my employer for the last time when I found out the kind of money these blood sickers get paid. Now I give directly to the charities of my own choosing and skip the United Way arm twisting blood suckers.
This person is an absolute genius! If you want to do some good, give directly to the charity of your coice! 100% OF YOUR MONEY WILL GO TO THE CHARITY!

THIS IS THE SAME UNITED WAY WHO HIRED THE GENIUS BARBARA SYKES TO BE THEIR STATE DIRECTOR AFTER HER FAILED BID FOR STATE OFFICE ON THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET!

She was rewarded for running on the ticket by the United Way! What were her CEO qualifications for running this organization?

What was HER bloated salary?

Why would any intelligent individual support this organization with their charitable donations?
Sham of all Shams

Ashtabula, OH

#14 Aug 22, 2008
By donating your money to the United way you allow THEM to be the gatekeeper of YOUR donations and decide where the money goes.

How much does the United Way skim off of your donations???
no one important

Akron, OH

#15 Aug 22, 2008
Thinking out Loud 2 wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree...do the research. You will find the United Way to be a solid charity. Yes they work with your employer to raise money. Why do so many companies work in conjunction with UW? Because it is a great organization that keeps your local donation in the community.
So please...do some research.
actually, because they are shakedown artists. much like al sharpton.
Screwing the people

Ashtabula, OH

#16 Aug 22, 2008
HOW MANY POOR FAMILIES COULD YOU FEED ON BOB KULINSKY'S $171,000 A YEAR SALARY???
Telmark

Chico, CA

#17 Aug 22, 2008
Quote;
" always resented their employee shakedown fundraising method."

Exactly. I worked for a company that would "hit you up" for a UW payroll deduction the day after you earned a pay raise. The problem was that you could pretty much could forget about any more pay raises if you didn't give in to this tactic.

We later found out that the supervisor who pushed this scam received a extra cash bonus for every worker that he scammed. This supervisor was paid a much higher salary than his employees yet, still felt that we had an "obligation" to donate to his charity.

Then the news came out about the UW chief who got caught spending UW money on a "mistress" and her very expensive penthouse.

Something Wicked

Stow, OH

#19 Aug 22, 2008
Companies should be ashamed of themselves pandering to this DONATION SCAM. Making a big production and setting goals make me sick.
Every employee feels they have to give something; most don't care to, but are pressured to support.
Hope they miss their goal by a few million.

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