The Importance of Your Gift

What Does United Way Do?

United Way of Merced County advances the common good by partnering with local organizations that enhance and improve education, financial stability and healthy individuals. Specifically, United Way of Merced County:

  • Identifies the most significant issues affecting our community.
  • Evaluates programs designed to address these issues and bring about positive change.
  • Pools resources and gifts to fund programs making the most impact.
  • Measures results of the impact of its funding and reports results to the community.

What Can Your Gift Accomplish?

By donating to the Community Fund, you can help United Way of Merced County support meaningful, well-managed programs that address local needs. A monthly donation through payroll deduction for one year could:

Amount Buys
$2 Five underserved children can attend an arts performance.
$5 A family of five will receive enough groceries to feed them for three weeks.
$10 A family of five can eat a hot breakfast for 25 days.
$25 A young person can participate in a youth development and training program for a year.
$50 Twelve underserved preschool-aged children will each attend a four-week visual arts class.
$100 A battered woman and her two children will be sheltered in a safe house for two weeks.

What Are Some of the Other Benefits of Giving?

Dollars Stay at Home

Contributions stay here in Merced County to help maintain the quality of life that our residents enjoy. The only exceptions are funds specifically designated to charities located outside of Merced County.

Low Costs

Because of volunteer involvement, administrative costs are currently about 18% in the Merced County. As more people donate, the administrative costs decrease proportionally. More of your donation will go directly to those who need it.

Many Programs and Many People Affected

This year United Way is funding 19 different programs of non-profit agencies These programs provide wholesome activities for youth, education and counseling, pain therapy and dignity for the terminally ill, services for the disabled, support for the down and out and much more.

Community Pride

Most of us are glad we work and live in a good community, so we take pride that we are able to return a little to the community by donating to those less fortunate than us. In doing so, we make our community a better place to live and for that we can be especially proud.


A group of volunteers such as your self meet during the spring each year to carefully review how donor dollars are spent. Accountability is carefully preserved. Volunteers evaluate local services to make sure that agencies are meeting community needs effectively and efficiently and to prevent unnecessary duplication of services.

One Campaign

The single, annual fund raising drive is the most economical method, combining efforts for one appeal instead of many individual drives. Payroll deduction offered by many companies makes it easier to budget your annual donation so a smaller amount is taken out of each pay check.

Tax Write Off

United Way is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. Please check with your tax preparer to determine the proper way to claim your income tax deduction.