How Your Donations Are Allocated
The United Way of Greater Kansas City takes the responsible spending of the dollars you entrust to us very seriously. We're very proud of our record of efficiency and strive to be completely transparent to the donors that place their confidence and hard-earned money in our care to use as effectively as possible in our community.
The Better Business Bureau recommends that a nonprofit spend at least 65 percent of its annual expenses on program activity, while the American Institute of Philanthropy sets its minimum standard at 60 percent of expenses. United Way of Greater Kansas City is proud that 83% of our overall budget goes to programs and services.
United Way of Greater Kansas City is a local organization, overseen by a Board of Trustees made up of local community leaders. It is these same volunteers, plus many others, who we partner with to create our strategic plan as well as our Community Impact Agenda. Volunteers also help determine how the dollars we raise each year are invested in accordance with that agenda.
46% - Program Allocations
In 2017-2018, United Way of Greater Kansas City provided financial support to more than 300 programs through allocations and other grants in the following impact areas:
- Education - Ensuring children and youth attain their full potential
- Income - People achieve financial independence and stability
- Health: People and their neightborhoods are safe, healthy and thriving
20% - Donor Designations
Honoring donors’ requests to direct their gifts to specific nonprofit agencies.Our Work
17% - Program Services
Programs and services provided by United Way directly link people to assistance, volunteer opportunities, labor relations and planning. This includes United Way 2-1-1, an easy-to-remember central phone number and website connecting people to available community resources and volunteer opportunities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition, program services include community change strategies in each of our three impact areas, which are partnerships focused on making measurable improvement on specific community issues.
The utilization of thousands of volunteers results in minimizing staffing costs related to fundraising, keeping overhead much lower than the national average for charities.
Our administrative costs include dues of 1 percent to United Way Worldwide, a national organization that functions much like a trade association, providing support to local United Ways. While UWGKC is locally governed, organized and operated, as a member of United Way Worldwide, we receive access to national advertising, research, staff training and other services.