Frequently Asked Questions

Answers To Your Questions

99% of all dollars raised and designated to Shelby County stay in our community.

The Shelby County United Way is a separate 501 c (3) organization. We are a member agency of United Way Worldwide and by carry the brand United Way, agree to follow their terms and conditions of operations and brand guidelines. One percent of our campaign is paid to United Way Worldwide for brand use and support.

There are 1,800 independent United Way’s in the world. Each United Way directs one percent of their campaign to United Way Worldwide (UWW). The UWW Board of Directors evaluate and set compensation for United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher. His compensation and their budget does not impact the 99% of the dollars raised that stays in Shelby County driving impact on a daily basis.

Agencies are required to apply for funding annually. They report impact data and upload required documentation into a web based application. We separate our Shelby County United Way Board of directors (19-21 people) in addition to 20 community and company leaders into five teams. Each team has seven to eight members that will review agency applications and conduct a site visit by impact area. Each impact area has four to six agencies to review.

The Shelby County United Way has an independent audit performed annually by a local C.P.A. firm. In addition, we have to meet United Way Worldwide operating standards. We also have a four star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating.

Shelby County United Way does not fund and has never funded Planned Parenthood. We fund impact work in the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Self-Sufficiency.