For 95 years, United Way of San Diego County has been a locally governed, nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing together people and resources to assist those in need and improve the quality of life for all San Diegans.
The commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem.
United Way of San Diego County is a local, autonomous, non-profit organization. Like nearly 1,400 other United Ways across the country, we are governed by a local volunteer board of directors and all funds raised in San Diego are invested back into our local community. United Way of San Diego County pays nominal dues to United Way Worldwide in exchange for cost-saving services such as staff training, community research information, campaign products, NFL advertising and ongoing consultation.
Giving to United Way allows you to join thousands of other generous San Diego County donors in helping to solve our community's most critical issues. When you donate to United Way you help families become stable, help children get the nutrition and education they need and participate in ending homelessness.Your United Way donation supports a collective effort that uplifts entire families and neighborhoods. United Way turns your good intentions into results—by making the greatest difference possible in our communities.
The United Way Campaign is one of San Diego County's most effective annual community fundraising efforts. San Diego County residents—most donating through their place of work through payroll deduction—have the ability to impact their community with ease, through the workplace campaign. It’s a great way for organizations to foster a culture of giving back.
You can have a greater impact in the community with a donation to United Way because your gift is combined with the contributions of thousands of other donors to address San Diego's most serious problems. For community-focused San Diegans, United Way of San Diego County is a powerful unifying catalyst working to improve and enhance the lives of local children and their families. Under the Collective Impact framework, our role is not just in funding, but also in being the connection between all organizations for the benefit of the movement. Our ultimate focus is to help San Diego’s children and families grow stronger.
Collective Impact is a proven, more effective framework for solving complex social issues. Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. Five conditions for Collective Impact to succeed:
United Way takes pride in operating with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. The metrics which matter most are the measurements of impact we’re having in the community. We also work hard to keep the cost of fundraising to a minimum so more donor dollars go to services. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that non-program service expenses not exceed 35% of total expenses. We are proud to say that for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, our overhead is 16.45%. We also have a Four-Star Charity Navigator rating for financial transparency and efficiency.
For those with the ability and desire to give more, United Way offers the Leadership Giving Society for donations of $1,000 to $9,999 annually, and The Alexis de Tocqueville Society for annual gifts of $10,000 or more. For planned giving, United Way's Endowment Fund sustains your caring beyond your lifetime.
Your gift is tax-deductible if you itemize on your tax return, subject to IRS restrictions.