Q: What is Metro United Way’s service area?
A: We serve seven counties in Kentucky and Indiana — Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison in Indiana.
Q: Who runs Metro United Way?
A: United Way is a volunteer-led organization. We are governed by a local board of directors composed of business and community leaders. Our community impact cabinet helps determine our investments in solutions to root cause issues. A staff team of about 65 works hand-in-hand with the board and dozens of other leadership and community volunteers.
Q: How is our United Way connected with others?
A: Metro United Way is an independent and self-governing member of the United Way Worldwide network. We meet annual membership requirements and receive benefits such as training, national advertising and public policy support, and the ability to draw on “best practices” of United Ways throughout the country.
Q: How can I get help?
A: Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral service directs people looking for resources to help them face life challenges, often for the first time, to the appropriate service provider. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can find help with everything from rent and utility payment assistance; transportation, tax preparation help; food, health, or medical needs; and more. For more information, please visit metrounitedway.org/211 or simply call 2-1-1.
Other resources for you and your family can be found at metrounitedway.org/resources along with resources for nonprofits and businesses in our community.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: Behind all our work, there are people like you who get involved in big and small — but always significant — ways to ensure a better future for their family and their community. You can give, advocate and volunteer to join us and Live United.
You can also join us at these events and signature volunteer opportunities:
Community Impact “Immies” Awards, Beyond Buzzwords, Racial Wealth Gap Simulation, Day of Action, The Greatest Give Back, Live United Day at the Capitol, Build-A-Bed
Q: Why should I give to Metro United Way?
A: Data shows that the need in our community is larger than the resources available. The Greater Louisville region’s nonprofit donations are in the bottom tier of our peer cities and we rank 5th in the country for concentrated poverty and have twice the eviction rate of the national average.
Metro United Way unites and empowers communities by harnessing the power of donors, volunteers, thought leaders, experts, other nonprofits and government at all levels to ensure positive, sustainable change across our seven-county region.
Your donation helps us change the social determinants of education, economic mobility, and health so that dreams do become reality for everyone.
Q: Why should I give to Metro United Way rather than to a single agency directly?
A: Metro United Way makes sure your money goes where it’s needed most. We offer donors the opportunity to support the entire community and maximize their giving – often by matches from generous companies and individuals in our community that aren’t available elsewhere. By giving to Metro United Way, you give us the power to attack the most pressing needs in the region, based on research, to create lasting changes. Knowing where the most pressing needs are is a strength of Metro United Way. Another advantage of investing in Metro United Way is the assurance that there is diligent monitoring to ensure your dollars are making the greatest impact.
Q: What if I already give to other organizations?
A: There are many wonderful organizations that we as individuals support: our schools, churches, environmental organizations, or personal charities of choice. At Metro United Way, we respect those commitments and ask you that you extend your charitable giving by investing in our work to strengthen the foundation of our community through education, economic mobility, and health.
Q: How can I be sure my gift is spent wisely?
A: Our volunteer leadership works hard with great thought, purpose and consideration to reach recommendations and gain approval from our board—a group that consists of a wide range of business and community leaders—of our investment plan. Ultimately, these decisions help us align strategic partnerships so that the community benefits while achieving the biggest impact for our dollars.
Metro United Way adheres to stringent standards of accounting and financial reporting set for voluntary health and human-service organizations. Our organization is audited by an external firm every year; our Audited Financials, IRS tax form 990 and Donor Bill of Rights may be reviewed on our website at metrounitedway.org.
Q: Does my gift stay in my community?
A: Every dollar raised in your community stays in your community. We are making sure the dollars are working to help your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and in some cases the very individuals who donate and volunteer with us.
Q: What is overhead exactly? How much of the donations raised by Metro United Way go toward helping people?
A: Overhead is a term originally used to measure the various cost components of a product being manufactured. In the nonprofit world, it often refers to our management, administration and fundraising costs. It’s actually people – people that are passionate about issues that strengthen neighborhoods and that improve lives. Metro United Way has a very lean structure and maintains a very low overhead percentage.
Of each dollar donated by the public, approximately 18 cents is spent on the costs of administering the organization, including executive leadership and oversight, raising funds, and providing the appropriate stewardship of those funds. These costs are integral and necessary to Metro United Way’s overall mission of improving lives and our community. Approximately 79 cents out of every dollar raised goes directly to helping people. The remaining 3 cents represents uncollectible pledges, one of the lowest rates in our industry.
Our overhead rate is very low in comparison to most charities and falls far below the 35% overhead threshold suggested by the Better Business Bureau as acceptable. If you’d like additional details on our costs, you can review our Audited Financials and IRS 990 Form on our website or at guidestar.org.
Q: What impact does Metro United Way make in the Greater Louisville region?
A: We envision a community in which everyone can access EDUCATION that inspires and equips, ECONOMIC MOBILITY that meets needs and builds futures, and HEALTH that provides strength and hope.
See community need data, why our work is important to our community’s success, outcomes from this past year: metrounitedway.org/impact/
Q: I know Metro United Way has been around a long time but what is it that you actually do?
A: We get this question a lot! So we developed an “Impact Tracker” to help others understand our daily work and what it is that we do. It’s updated every two weeks so check it out! View our IMPACT TRACKER: