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Everything you wanted to know about United Way California Capital Region and more! If you don’t see an answer to your question, please contact us.

Who is United Way California Capital Region?

Your local United Way is an independent local affiliate of United Way Worldwide, and we serve five counties: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought people together as first responders on needs in the Sacramento region and changed the lives of hundreds of children, families and adults. Now United Way is mobilizing nonprofits, companies, schools, government and individuals across the region, state and country to make a collective impact in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

Who runs United Way California Capital Region?

Your local United Way is managed by a staff of nonprofit professionals and is governed by a local board of directors that represent our community.

What do you do?

We are tackling the biggest issues facing our community: Education, Financial Stability and Health. By focusing on the big picture and bringing together companies, nonprofits, schools, government and individuals across the region, state and country, we can help thousands in our community.

Why should I give to United Way?

United Way gives you the opportunity to change your community. We’ve helped hundreds of lives in our region through our specific projects, but now we’re aiming for thousands. We want to transform our community, so we’re leading the charge and calling it Collective Impact:

  1. We can make a bigger difference by recognizing that people’s education, financial stability and health are linked.
  2. We can make an impact for generations by recognizing that these challenges are often passed down in families in a cycle.
  3. We can reach thousands of local people in need when we bring together companies, schools, government and individuals across the region, state and country.

You have several options for giving and getting involved:

  1. Donate to United Way and stand behind the change you want to see in your community.
  2. Give to your favorite nonprofit, whether or not it’s one of our certified nonprofit partners. Our only requirement is that it be a tax-exempt 501c3 organization in the United States.
  3. Join one of our action groups: Women in Philanthropy, Young Leaders Society, Student United Way and Retiree Giving Club.
  4. Volunteer by signing up for a one-time or ongoing project through our online Volunteer Center. Consider bringing your friends, families or co-workers along!

We also offer payroll deduction, which gives you the chance to give a little at a time instead of one lump sum at the end of the year. It’s a win-win: By paying a little at a time, you actually give more in the long run, and nonprofits receive a steady stream of money without the costs of fundraising.

What are United Way’s focus areas?

A pillar of Collective Impact is recognizing that people’s education, financial stability and health are linked. Here is one example of how Collective Impact can change lives:

Meet the Jones Family.

Max’s family can’t afford nutritious food so he joins our Healthy Meals program and his family learns money management through our financial stability work.

Since Max is eating healthy, he misses less school and catches up on reading through our education work.

Since Max improves his reading, he graduates from high school. Since Max graduates, he can get a job that pays enough.

Since Max has a job that pays enough and knows money management he can afford nutritious food so his son is healthy and ready to learn.

Max and his family are thriving!

Here are just a few examples of United Way’s impact:

  • Education. We’re helping kids read at grade level and running the local Campaign for Grade Level Reading. 41% of 739 kids are now reading at grade level.
  • Financial Stability. We’re connecting households and foster youth with financial knowledge and resources, and leading the local Assets & Opportunity Network. 86% of 413 adults are demonstrating better financial skills and 90% of 336 foster youth are earning in matched savings accounts.
  • Health. We’re helping kids and teens eat better and exercise more and heading up the local Healthy Meals program that provides kids healthy after-school meals and snacks. 96% of 4,190 kids have improved on the school Fitnessgram Test and more than 130,000 healthy meals have been served.

How did you choose your Focus areas?

We used a data-driven process that included a multi-county needs assessment, multiple town hall and regional meetings and a blue-ribbon task force of community volunteers to decide on our areas of focus.

How does United Way raise money?

More than 400 local private and public sector companies and organizations support United Way through workplace giving campaigns.

Which local companies support United Way?

More than 400 local private and public sector companies and organizations support United Way through workplace giving campaigns.

Who is United Way’s CEO?

Our President and CEO is Stephanie Bray. Stephanie is a nonprofit professional with nearly 25 years of experience in fund development and volunteer management for local, regional and national organizations. Prior to taking this position, she was Executive Director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, a supporting organization for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Stephanie also previously served as Assistant Dean for Health Sciences Advancement at UC Davis Health System, overseeing fundraising for the School of Medicine, The Medical Center, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and several other centers of medical excellence on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus. She has served in fundraising leadership positions with the American Cancer Society, UNCF/The College Fund, Learning Ally, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Stephanie is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, and was a participant in Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July 2012.

What is the relationship between our local United Way and United Way Worldwide?

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the nearly 1,800 communities in 40 countries around the globe. Our United Way is a separately incorporated nonprofit with our own CEO and Board of Directors.

Does United Way California Capital Region support Planned Parenthood?

UWCCR does not fund Planned Parenthood. Donors can designate their money to any 501(c)(3) organization in the country, which includes Planned Parenthood.

Why aren’t the Boy Scouts on the list of Certified Nonprofit Partners?

In order to be one of our Certified Nonprofit Partners, a nonprofit must sign a statement saying that it does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference. When we put this policy into place a number of years ago, the Boy Scouts opted not to reapply for certification. However, people can still give to the Boy Scouts by designating their money directly.

Does United Way California Capital Region support Boy Scouts of America?

UWCCR does not fund Boy Scouts of America. Donors can designate their money to any 501(c)(3) organization in the country, which includes Boy Scouts of America.

How is United Way associated with the NFL?

United Way and the NFL have the longest running public service advertising campaign and sports/charity partnership of its kind. All NFL representatives appearing in United Way ads are volunteers who receive no compensation. The NFL pays for production costs and airtime. There is no cost to local United Ways for the spots.

What is United Way’s overhead?

Our current overhead is 18.88 %.

Is United Way’s overhead higher than that of other nonprofits?

At 18.88%, we are well within the range organizations like the Better Business Bureau say is acceptable.

Does United Way charge a fee for giving to the nonprofit of my choice?

We deduct a small amount (usually about 15%) from a gift before passing it on to a designated nonprofit. This covers our cost of raising the money and making sure it gets to where the donor wants it to go.

Why should I give to United Way and not directly to my favorite nonprofit?

With United Way, you are doing more than giving to one nonprofit: You are giving to change. We have a team of the best and brightest nonprofits, companies, government bodies, volunteers and donors working to change our community in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

What can I do if I feel I was forced to give to United Way through a workplace campaign?

Giving is a personal matter and decision; no form of coercion is acceptable to United Way. We work with campaign representatives to balance providing incentives with not making people feel coerced. If you have felt coerced during a United Way campaign, please contact us to ask questions and provide feedback.

Can United Way provide me with medical, health or some other kind of assistance?

If you need non-emergency help, please dial 211 if you’re in Sacramento County.

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