Information on our community investments
Designation Fees and Overhead:
A designated gift through United Way of Whatcom County to another nonprofit agency must be $100 or more. Any gifts that are designated and are less than $100 will be applied to our Community Impact Fund. Designations to nonprofit agencies made through payroll deduction or credit cards will be paid in quarterly installments. One-time contributions by cash or check are charged a 16.92% administrative fee. Donations paid by credit card or payroll deduction are charged 16.92% plus an additional 7.5% for uncollectible provisions. No administrative fee is charged on donations designated to other United Ways in Washington State. If you have questions about the processing of your gift please call our office at 360-733-8670
Our investment in our infrastructure (our overhead) is a very low 16.92%. We combine all of our non-designated contributions which includes corporate gifts, grants, individual donations, investment gains, and others sources of income. This means that it is much less than 16.92% per donated dollar thanks to our sponsors and other sources of income. You can rest assured that your donation to United Way of Whatcom County will be used to strengthen our community in an efficient, effective, and transparent way.