Q: What specific area does
United Way of
Central Maryland serve?
A: United Way of Central Maryland serves Baltimore
City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and
Q: How does United Way address the community's
A: United Way volunteers work with other local
service groups to assess the needs in our community. After
studying them, volunteers employ a priority system that
helps them determine which programs and services to fund and
at what level. They also monitor United Way-funded services
on a year-round basis to ensure the community's money is
Q: Why should I give through payroll deduction?
A: Payroll deduction is the easiest way to
contribute, and it helps United Way keep administrative
costs low, so nearly all of your contribution goes to help
people in need.
Q: How do I know my money is going to people who
really need help?
A: Local volunteers review programs for quality and
effectiveness. Volunteer involvement keeps United Way of
Central Maryland efficient and accountable.
Q: How much is spent on campaign costs and
A: A force of volunteer workers helps keep United Way
of Central Maryland's overhead extremely low, making it one
of the most cost-effective charitable organizations to which
you can contribute. In fact, by offering e-pledging, United
Way of Central Maryland is able to ensure that 85.5 cents of
every dollar goes directly to local agencies.
Q: My spouse gives to United Way ... why should I?
A: Every person has a different reason for giving. In
addition, a combined gift of $1,000 or more from you and
your spouse makes you both eligible for the Leadership
Society of Central Maryland and the many benefits that come
with membership. Both of your gifts are tax-deductible.
Q: Can I select just one agency to receive my
A: While the Community Safety Net is the best way to
support the most people in need, United Way of Central
Maryland does offer the option of donating to specific
agencies (see agency directory). It also will accept
donations to specific nonprofits, as long as they have
missions of health and human service and are located in
Q: I can't afford to give more than a dollar or two a
week. Can I really make a difference?
A: Every gift is important. When your gift is
combined with nearly 200,000 others, it really adds up. As
salaries grow, we hope that people will consider giving back
to our community by increasing their gifts. The needs in our
community have never been greater than they are today.