Frequently asked questions

If you have questions or need more information about United Way’s Financial Stability/Helping the Working Poor and the State of Arizona tax credit, please call 602-631-4800.

What is Valley of the Sun United Way?

What is Valley of the Sun United Way?

Valley of the Sun United Way has been serving the needs of individuals and families in Maricopa County since 1925. We’ve been building a caring community where each person has the opportunity to achieve basic goals we all aspire to a good education for our kids, a safe place to live, food on the table and the security of financial self-sufficiency. We unite broad interests – business, government, non-profits, caring individuals – to achieve three vital goals for our community:

  • ensure children and youth succeed,
  • end hunger and homelessness and
  •  increase the financial stability of individuals and families.

By coming together around these common goals, we will create lasting, systemic solutions that will transform individual lives and build a strong community for us all to live, work and raise our families.

Why should I invest in the work of Valley of the Sun United Way?

Why should I invest in the work of Valley of the Sun United Way?

When you choose to LIVE UNITED and invest in the work of Valley of the Sun United Way you can be sure your donation will make a difference. We improve lives by investing your dollars in our work and in the work of health and human service agencies that share our goals. Your investment also makes you a part of a coordinated, community-wide effort that creates lasting community changes right here, where you live and work. In addition, your contribution is leveraged and combined with others and strategically invested in results-driven programs and initiatives. Plus, with the ease of payroll deduction, you can improve the quality of life for others without the financial challenge of a one-time donation.

What does Valley of the Sun United Way do in addition to raising money?

What does Valley of the Sun United Way do in addition to raising money?

Valley of the Sun United Way plays a unique and vital role in our community. In addition to raising money, Valley of the Sun United Way monitors community needs, critical social issues to be able to develop and invest in best practices for long-term solutions. In addition, United Way builds relationships and partnerships with the right people, organizations and businesses from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise as well as resources needed to get things done.

Is United Way a national or local organization?

Is United Way a national or local organization?

Valley of the Sun United Way is a local, autonomous nonprofit organization. Like the more than 1,200 United Ways across the country, we are governed by a local volunteer board of directors. Valley of the Sun United Way pays nominal dues to United Way of America in exchange for important cost-saving services such as staff training, community research information, campaign products, national marketing partnerships and ongoing consultation.

What is Valley of the Sun United Way’s overhead costs?

What is Valley of the Sun United Way’s overhead costs?

Valley of the Sun United Way incurs costs for fundraising, marketing and common business operations such as accounting, human resources and overall organizational management. As careful stewards of our donors’ contributions, Valley of the Sun United Way operates with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness.

Less than 10 percent is spent on administrative costs, so approximately 90 percent is invested in local programs and initiatives that improve lives throughout the Valley. Compared to the average of 15 to 20 percent administrative costs reported by large nonprofits, *Valley of the Sun United Way is one of the most efficient nonprofits in the country.

* NOTE: According to Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities using a numbers-based rating system, the benchmark “maximum” overhead is 35 percent, with the average overhead rate for the top large nonprofits is 15 percent. (2012)

Why give directly to Valley of the Sun United Way instead of designating to a United Way partner agency or other organization?

Why give directly to Valley of the Sun United Way instead of designating to a United Way partner agency or other organization?

The complex community issues we all care about can’t be resolved through the independent work of individuals or organizations, but will only come as the result of coordinated efforts – efforts grounded in a common understanding of the problems we face and a common vision for solving them. Valley of the Sun United Way has formed a broad network of partners – other nonprofits, community leaders, communities of faith, government, businesses and caring individuals – to bring together the resources, expertise and passion to achieve these common goals for our community:

  • Ensure children and youth succeed,
  • End hunger and homelessness and
  • Increase the financial stability of individuals and families.

An undesignated donation to Valley of the Sun United Way allows us to tackle multiple social issues with one single contribution.

Is the contributing to Helping the Working Poor fund still qualify as a tax credit? What are the benefits of choosing this fund?

Is the contributing to Helping the Working Poor fund still qualify as a tax credit? What are the benefits of choosing this fund?

Valley of the Sun United Way’s Helping the Working Poor fund helps provide job skills training, affordable childcare, educational opportunities and more to the working poor in our community. These are individuals and families with low wage jobs that just can’t make ends meet. By investing a portion of your United Way contribution in Helping the Working Poor, you help provide the means to increase self-sufficiency and could receive an Arizona state tax credit of up to $800.

To take advantage of the Helping the Working Poor state tax credit, you must:

  • Direct up to $800* to United Way’s Helping the Working Poor fund and
  • Provide your name, home address and phone number on your pledge card to receive an acknowledgement for your tax records.

*NOTE: Arizona State Income Tax credits of between $400 and $800 are available based on your income tax filing status. Valley of the Sun United Way is not a tax advisor. As with any financial recommendation, contact a qualified tax professional for expert advice on your specific tax situation.

Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?

Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your contribution should be tax deductible if you itemize your deductions. You also may qualify for a state tax credit by designating a portion of your contribution to United Way’s Financial Stability/Helping the Working Poor impact area. Please contact a United Way representative for more information or visit our website.