Mel Busler receives the McSherry award Who runs United Way?

Our chapter is a member of United Way Worldwide and sanctioned by the national office as a United Way affiliate. However, each of the more than 1,200 chapters in the country is run under the auspices of a local volunteer board of directors. Their names are listed on the United Way website.

The Northern New York chapter has a four-person administrative staff.


What does United Way fund and how is funding decided?

The United Way raises money and then provides grants to 40 nonprofits in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Money raised in each county stays in each county.

Local volunteers review program requests and prior year results in deciding new grants. The review process helps eliminate program duplication, and ensures that the money being spent has a positive effect on our region’s health and well-being.


How does a local organization Partner with United Way?

Any local not-for-profit providing a useful, unduplicated human service is eligible to partner with United Way.


Can a donor give to just one organization? To another United Way?

Yes. The gift is applied to the programs and services United Way funds for that organization. We are happy to forward any gift pledged to another United Way.


Can the donor give to an organization not supported by United Way?

Yes. The United Way charges an administrative fee of 10 percent to cover administrative costs to send money to non-partners.


Does the United Way have a Leadership Giving Program?

Yes. The United Way publishes a brochure about the work of the Societies and its members.

The United Way Young Leaders Society ($200-$299) (Ages 40 and below)

The Urban J. Karcher Society ($300 - $499)

The Black River/St. Lawrence Valley Society ($500 - $999)

The Governor Flower (Jefferson & Lewis counties) and The Governor Wright Societies (St. Lawrence county) ($1,000 – $2,499)

The North Country Society ($2,500 - $4,999)

The Empire Society ($5,000 and above)


If the donor gives United Way his/her name, address, email, will it be used by other organizations?

No. The United Way does not share personal information with other organizations unless requested by the donor.


How much is the right gift?

Any gift is the right gift. All gifts are valued and together they add up to meet community need.

We receive leadership gifts from around 400 NNY citizens. We also receive corporate gifts as well.

However, payroll deduction gifts made each year – many for as little as $1 a week – make up the bulk of funds raised by the United Way.