FAQ

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health.

That’s why United Way’s focuses on the following impact areas:

·         The Education Impact Area focuses on helping children and young adults achieve their full potential, ensuring that our community’s children are prepared to enter school ready to learn and succeed; and are in safe places after-school with caring adults.

·         The Financial Stability Impact Area focuses on creating stable and successful families, providing assistance to connect our community’s families to the resources they need to remain self-sufficient and to ensure that their members are safe and free from violence.

 ·         The Healthy Communities Impact Area focuses on improving the health and well-being of Southern Arizonans, providing assistance to individuals, families and seniors to improve their quality of life through health-education and resources.

United Way collaborates with community partners to help children and youth succeed, help build strong, safe families and help seniors remain independent and active.

You can make the greatest impact on important issues facing our community by investing in United Way’s Collective Impact Fund. This fund creates long-lasting impact for those who need it most right here in our local community – children, families and seniors. 

Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a social problem using a common agenda and a structured form of collaboration. In contrast, isolated impact occurs when organizations primarily work along to solve social problems. Organizations have been implementing collective impact for a long time. Successful collective impact collaborations include 5 conditions to ensure success:

  1. 1.     Common Agenda
  • All participants share a vision for change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed-upon actions.

 

  1. 2.     Shared Measurement
  • All participating organizations agree on the ways success will be measured and reported, with a short list of common indicators identified and used for learning and improvement.

 

  1. 3.     Mutually Reinforcing Activities
  • A diverse set of stakeholders, typically across sectors, coordinate a set of differentiated activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.

 

  1. 4.     Continuous Communication
  • All players engage in frequent and structured open communication to build trust, assure mutual objectives and create common motivation.

 

  1. 5.     Backbone Support
  • An independent, funded staff dedicated to the initiative provides ongoing support by guiding the initiative’s vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities, establishing shared measurement practices, building public will, advancing policy and mobilizing resources.

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s (UWTSA) mission is, “Building a better community by uniting people, ideas and resources.”

UWTSA is a backbone organization, possessing the infrastructure necessary to achieve large-scale social change by being a problem solver, focusing on eliminating the root causes of poverty in our region that lead to hunger, crime, homelessness, drug abuse, unemployment and missing school. These things affect us all in one way or another and we all know people – friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers – who have been significantly impacted by some of these challenges. We invest in the areas that will achieve the greatest impact in our community.

We all win when a child succeeds in school, a neighborhood turns around, families have good health, and workers have solid jobs. And we believe education is the key to developing and sustaining healthy, financially stable, self-sufficient communities.

Yes, you may claim a tax credit for cash contributions you make to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, which is a 501(c)(3) Qualifying Charitable Organization. The credit is available only to individuals and families.  You report the name of the qualifying charitable organization you donated to as well as the dollar amount of your donation. United Way will provide you with a receipt (required by the IRS) for any donation of $250 or more. UWTSA does not provide a tax receipt for payroll deduction donations, your final pay stub should have your payroll deduction donation information.  For more information on how to claim your tax credit, please contact your tax advisor. 

For your Arizona State Income Taxes, no, you do not have to itemize deductions to claim a credit for contributions to the Helping The Working Poor Fund, a qualifying charitable organization (use AZ 301 & AZ 321 forms). Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of up to $400. Taxpayers that file as “married filing joint” may claim a maximum credit of $800. Taxpayers filing as “married filing separate” may claim 1/2 of the credit allowed on a joint return. There are certain limitations, so, please consult your tax advisor.

For your Federal Income Taxes, yes, you must itemize your deductions to deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations. For more information, please contact your tax advisor.

The Helping the Working Poor Fund helps provide working poor individuals with the tools they need to help themselves. Contributions made in 2016 to the United Way Helping the Working Poor Fund may be eligible for up to a $400 state tax credit for those filing individually, and up to $800 for those filing jointly. Consult your tax advisor for details. 

Your investment is allocated through a comprehensive assessment process to initiatives and partner agencies committed to reducing duplication of administrative structure and service overlap among nonprofits in our community. United Way staff does not decide where the money will go. Approximately 300 community leaders from throughout Southern Arizona come together to share their expertise and recommend which programs receive funding based on proven metrics that achieve the greatest results. Our board of directors reviews and approves the recommendations. The initiatives UWTSA funds are held accountable to quantifiable results and measurements as well as a comprehensive list of standards.

The Collective Impact Fund supports programs at our 80+ partner agencies, achieving the greatest collective impact in our community. For every dollar invested in UWTSA's Community Impact Fund, we secure more than $5 in local, state and federal grants and volunteer support to fight poverty right here in our community. 

A minimum donation of $100 is required for each designation, or it will revert to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Designations must be to a 501(c)(3) organization or another United Way.

There is no fee to designate to UWTSA or our Impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, Healthy Communities or Helping The Working Poor. When you designate a portion of your gift to another agency, United Way charges a 15% administrative fee to cover the costs of processing the transaction.

If you have not provided sufficient information for your agency designation, your designation will be redirected to United Way’s Collective Impact Fund.

If the agency you choose is ineligible and your designation is $100 or more, United Way will notify you so that you may redirect your investment. If we do not get a response, it will revert to United Way’s Collective Impact Fund.

If an agency you choose is eligible but becomes ineligible at any point in the distribution schedule – such as when an agency’s non-profit status is revoked or the agency goes out of business – United Way will direct the remaining portion of your gift amounts to the United Way’s Collective Impact Fund.

Funds are distributed to designated agencies when a minimum of $500 is reached. This includes a collective total of many designations made by other individuals. This reduces costs to both the designated agency and United Way, making a greater impact with your gift. If a total of $500 is not reached during the year, a check for the balance will be sent to the agency. 

You can make the greatest impact on important issues facing our community by investing in United Way’s Collective Impact Fund. This fund creates long-lasting impact for those who need it most right here in our local community – children, families and seniors.

Collective Impact funds are used where the need is greatest, in a way that’s most useful.  Through grants and volunteer support, $1 donated to the Collective Impact Fund has the impact of more than $5 in our community and impacts the following partner agencies:

 Impact Area Agencies

We support agencies and programs that focus on building a stronger community for us all, particularly in our focus areas of education, financial stability, and healthy communities, while addressing basic needs. United Way remains a leader in tackling big, complex issues in Tucson and Southern Arizona, bringing together hundreds of community partners to help solve them. We provide resources and funding to nonprofits whose strategies align with ours and invite 501(c)(3) organizations that are outstanding in our funding areas to consider joining one of our committees, coalitions or initiatives:

  • ELDER Alliance
  • Cradle to Career
  • Youth on The Rise
  • Youth Development Coalition
  • Public Policy Committee
  • Financial Stability Partnership
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Support Alliance
  • First Focus on Kids

 

Your payroll deduction stops when you no longer work for the employer where you made your payroll deduction pledge. When you begin your new job, ask for a new United Way pledge form. Many employers provide pledge forms and information about United Way to new employees and transferees. If your new employer does not have a United Way payroll deduction plan, please call United Way at 520.903.9000 to arrange to continue your pledge payment. 

 

If you become unemployed, you are not obligated to pay the balance of your pledge. While we hope you will not become unemployed, United Way can assist you in finding job placement, re- employment training and other supportive services for you and your family.

Many contributors continue to support United Way after they retire and we hope you will too. The United Way system maintains lifelong partnerships with donors through the Continuum of Giving program, a broad array of giving options including gifts of appreciated stock, special gifts and a variety of planned giving opportunities. Your generosity of time, resources and skills is appreciated. United Way wants to continue partnering with you in making a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most. Through your continued leadership, United Way makes it happen. 

Click here to make a donation today, or you may call our offices: 520-903-9000.