Ways to give


Your gift to United Way of Central Illinois is an investment in your community. When you give, you are helping us drive real, measurable change in this region; in the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play.

Your gift to United Way is working for the betterment of our community.

100% of donations to United Way’s Community Fund go directly to program services. Fundraising and administrative costs associated with the Community Fund are underwritten by the United Way Endowment, and select corporate gifts.

While United Way believes giving to the Community Fund is the best way to support the entire community, we understand that donors may want to exclude one or more particular programs from receiving their support or may wish for only certain agencies to benefit from their funds. As a result, the designated gift option of giving allows donors to give to designate their gift to any or multiple nonprofit organizations.

What You Get When You Give

A gift to United Way of Central Illinois remains the most effective and efficient way to help the entire community. When you make a donation, your dollars stay in our community to help with needs as varied as the people with those needs. Your generosity helps make our region a better place for all of us. Thank you.
Efficiency. United Way effectively leverages private donations in order to finance innovative programs and initiatives that profoundly affect communities. Your investment supports dozens of effective programs that must show measurable outcomes to receive funding.
Expertise. Our research identifies the most pressing needs and most effective solutions in the issue areas of Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability and Health; and draws on the resources of United Way Worldwide, the largest private non-profit in the world.
Local focus. Your support helps people throughout Sangamon and Menard Counties and through United Way sponsored programs like 211, SingleCare, MyFreeTaxes.com and Dolly Parton Imagine Library. Local volunteers, supported by United Way staff, help determine where your investment can do the most good.
Accountability. The investment of your hard-earned dollars is overseen by a volunteer board that ensures the strictest accountability, fiscal responsibility, and careful use of your donation.
Connection. Through United Way, your investment is connected to businesses, volunteers, community leaders, people, and organizations — and that multiplies its impact. Together, we can accomplish more than any single person, group or organization. Together we are better…Better Together…Better United.
Ease in giving. United Way makes it easy for you to help the community. Participating in a workplace campaign makes charitable giving a convenient part of your life.
Results. Your gift makes a long-term impact on our community. United Way goes beyond quick fixes to create measurable change that lasts.

Workplace Giving

Many of our donors choose to participate in their company or organization’s United Way Annual Campaign. Please check with your organization to find out about your United Way Campaign and the ease of charitable giving through payroll deduction.

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Individual Giving

We are committed to offering you the opportunity to support our community in the manner that is most convenient for your family and budget. Whether a one-time gift by mail or a monthly gift through your credit card, we are committed to offering safe and secure methods of giving.

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Planned Giving

Whether you have been a donor for 10, 20, 30 years or more, your commitment to the health and human services network in Sangamon and Menard Counties is inspirational. Through planned giving, you can create your own personal legacy in our community, while still preserving your financial security and providing a future for your family. None of us can know precisely what types of future needs will emerge, we assure you that your gift will be in good hands and used to make Springfield a better place to live, work and raise a family.

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Leadership Giving

The impact of a United Way leadership gift cannot be overstated. The extraordinary generosity of our Community Leaders Guild and Community Builders opens doors to a better life for thousands of individuals and families in the region.

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Donor Advised Funds

Donate to United Way of Central Illinois through a Donor Advised Fund. This is an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

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Read to kids. Deliver Meals. Plant a garden. Decide how United Way dollars are spent. Volunteers make our community a wonderful place.

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Donate Stock

Donating stock to United Way of Central Illinois is easy and convenient.

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Sponsorships are an important part of our business. Because of generous corporate partners, United Way is able to introduce innovative new programs, mobilize and train volunteers, and recognize and thank the thousands of donors committed to our community, without incurring additional expenses.

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Gift of Reading

Since launching the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, United Way of Central Illinois provided more than 100,000 free, monthly age-appropriate books to preschool children in Sangamon and Menard Counties. Learn how your gift of reading can provide a child with boundless opportunities.

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