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Why should I donate to Mile High United Way?

Your investment in Mile High United Way will be used efficiently and effectively to change the odds for children, families, and individuals facing enormous and complicated challenges – from learning to read, to homelessness and poverty – in our growing, evolving, Metro Denver community. What makes Mile High United Way different is the role we play: we look at the big picture. We not only seek to understand the issues, but also their complexity, and what it takes to solve them.

We know it takes a UNITED approach, so we mobilize all of Metro Denver to work together. We align the many and varied relationships and resources – across the private, public, and philanthropic sectors – and ensure they are working in concert.

And when with your investment, we make a lasting, holistic, sustainable impact on our community. 

How are dollars I give to Mile High United Way used in our community?

Mile High United Way has a diverse portfolio of investments that supports our four inter-connected, mulit-generational Community Impact Goals ensuring: 

  • Children enter school ready to succeed 
  • Children are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade
  • Youth graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce
  • Individuals and families have their basic needs met and are afforded every opportunity to move toward economic success

How can I contact Mile High United Way about helping someone I know?

Contact our Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Help Center, a free and confidential information and referral service that can connect you to thousands of services across Colorado.

Simply dial 2-1-1 or toll free 866-760-6489, text your zip code to 898-211, download our 2-1-1 Colorado app on iTunes or Google Play, or search our database or live chat online: UnitedWayDenver.org/211.

I give through payroll deduction each year. How is my gift credited from year to year?

Most Mile High United Way campaigns run on a 12-month calendar cycle, but this does vary by company. Check with your Workforce Campaign Leader for the specific dates.

How is Mile High United Way held accountable?

The most valuable asset we have is the trust and confidence people have in our ability to meet community needs. We are audited each year by an independent accounting firm to ensure we are in compliance with generally accepted accounting procedures, regulations, and laws. We strive to meet the philanthropic goals of our donors and offer a donor satisfaction guarantee. We are long standing members of the Better Business Bureau and were honored with the 2015 BBB Torch Award for exemplifying outstanding commitment to fair, honest, and ethical practices.

How much money is invested into the community vs. administrative costs?

Mile High United Way values its fiduciary responsibility to donors, funders, and the larger community and strives to operate as efficiently as possible. Last year, 84 cents of every dollar spent was for programs, which far surpasses the Better Business Bureau standard of 65 cents to the dollar.

Did my donation help pay for the Mile High United Way’s new building?

No. The Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change, a mission-centered community hub, was paid for through the sale of the previous building, New Markets Tax Credits financing, and a separate capital campaign. No funds from the community campaign were used.

Why shouldn’t I give directly to my favorite nonprofit?

When you donate to Mile High United Way, we will draw on our expertise and partnerships to make sure your investment has the greatest impact, and we will measure that impact in lives changed. 

We know that there are hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Metro Denver, doing great work in the community. In fact, we partner with many of them. What makes us unique is that we are addressing the big, complex issues facing children and families– at the source. Founded nearly 130 years ago, we have a deep understanding of the community’s issues so today, we are uniting people and organizations across the Metro Denver to help solve them, for the long-term. 
Your direct contribution to the Mile High United Way’s Community Impact Fund leverages donations so that your gift will have the most impact on our community. 

Mile High United Way fully supports philanthropic giving, so if you choose to donate to another nonprofit, we will pass along your donation.

Is Mile High United Way in compliance with The USA Patriot Act?

The USA Patriot Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George Bush on October 26, 2001 to aid law enforcement in the battle against terrorism. Mile High United Way is in full compliance with this act. Mile High United Way requires agencies receiving funds to certify that United Way funds will be used in compliance with applicable anti-terrorist financing and asset control laws. We recommend that you access CRS Report for Congress or USA PATRIOT Act to get more information.

What if I make a mistake and want to change my gift once I submitted my donation?

Not a problem. Simply ask your Workforce Campaign Leader to put you in touch with your Resource Development representative and they will assist you with the change. Or if not giving through a workplace campaign, contact accounting customer service at 303-561-2313 or giftquestions@unitedwaydenver.org.

I heard about someone who needed help but didn’t receive it.

There could be many reasons for this. Through our Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Help Center we are able to connect people with thousands of organizations to help with food, shelter, child care, mental health, and much more. However, community resources are not unlimited. That’s why your gift is so important: it helps us bring initiatives to scale so that more people have access to services.

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