United Way Fox Cities

Frequently Asked Questions

What does United Way Fox Cities do with my contribution?

Contributions to United Way’s Community Fund and strategic focus areas (health, education, and financial stability) help solve community issues. This is done by investing in over 100 programs, grants, and initiatives.

Learn more about our impact.

How does United Way Fox Cities select the programs it funds?

United Way focuses on our community’s most serious problems through strategic investments in health, education, and financial stability. Through in-depth research, United Way staff and community volunteers determine which agencies’ programs can best address these critical focus areas. 

United Way’s Board of Directors approves funding annually based on priority alignment, program effectiveness, and agency fiscal responsibility. Volunteers regularly connect with the agencies and programs to ensure that United Way invests in programs that produce positive results through agencies that manage their money responsibly.

Are all United Ways the same?

United Way organizations exist nationwide in their respective cities and towns to build community partnerships and leverage resources for lasting community change. Each United Way organization is independently incorporated and is led by its local board of directors, staff, and volunteers.

United Way Worldwide is a global service organization that provides services and support to independent United Ways across the world. As a member of United Way Worldwide, we distribute funds to Emergency Food and Shelter programs in Winnebago, Outagamie, and Calumet counties. United Way Worldwide also provides training and support to United Way Fox Cities staff.

Is United Way Fox Cities efficient with the money it raises?

United Way Fox Cities has been recognized nationally and locally for our high rate of efficiency and has received a four-star rating by Charity Navigator – its highest ranking. Our dedicated volunteers generously give their time and talents to United Way Fox Cities each year, helping us raise community voices and lower the administrative cost of our work. 

Overhead is a nuanced conversation that United Way Fox Cities does not take lightly. United Way values transparency and also believes that the right overhead ratio will leverage dollars, accountability, and results. We implore you to read more about the Overhead Myth.

Who runs United Way Fox Cities?

A volunteer Board of Directors sets United Way Fox Cities’ policies and works in partnership with a professional staff administering the day-to-day operations.

Learn more about United Way’s staff and board of directors.

Why should I give to United Way’s Community Fund rather than designate my gift to a specific agency?

An investment in United Way Fox Cities supports over 100 results-oriented local programs and services that are addressing the community’s most pressing needs. If everyone designated their donation to their “favorite” agency, many services would not be available in the community.

Donations to United Way’s Community Fund make the greatest difference and help the most people. United Way monitors results to ensure the programs are making an impact so you can be certain your money is well-invested.

What is the service area of United Way Fox Cities?

United Way Fox Cities provides services to Outagamie County, northern Winnebago, and northern Calumet counties.

How can I get involved with United Way Fox Cities as a volunteer?

United Way Fox Cities has several volunteer opportunities for our campaign, community impact, board of directors, Kimberly-Clark Diaper Bank, etc. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

If you would like information on other volunteer opportunities in the Fox Cities, contact the Volunteer Fox Cities at www.volunteerfoxcities.org.

Does United Way Fox Cities fund Planned Parenthood?

United Way Fox Cities does not fund Planned Parenthood. United Way does fund agencies, that as a part of their services, offer counseling to people involved in unplanned pregnancies. These agencies include Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Family Services of NEW, Youth Go, Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley, Reach Counseling Services, and Sexual Assault Crisis Center.