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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is United Way of the Quad Cities Area's mission?

United Way's mission is to mobilize people and resources to improve lives in our community.

What does United Way do?

United Way brings together donors, volunteers, and organizations to solve our community’s toughest issues, creating positive and lasting change. 

How does United Way work?

  • United – We partner with organizations, volunteer, and donors.
  • Strategize – We convene partners to identify our community’s critical issues and develop innovative solutions.
  • Tackle – We bring together community resources and inspire individuals to take action. 
  • Evaluate – We measure the results to ensure real progress and long-term change is made. 

Why should I give to United Way?

One gift to United Way helps many, and your investment is leveraged with others in the community. While most charities focus on a single group or issue, United Way tackles issues facing the Quad Cities as a whole. United Way partners with 36 organizations, serving 41,855 individuals annually. For each $1.00 given to United Way, $1.93 of resources are invested back in our community. 

Where does my contribution go?

The dollars invested here stay in the Quad Cities. United Way invests in local programs and resources that help Quad Citizens in need overcome educational barriers, break the cycle of poverty, and stay healthy and safe. 

How does United Way decide what organizations to fund?

All investment decisions are made by local volunteers. More than 150 volunteers convene to evaluate and determine how to invest donor contributions. 

Who oversees United Way of the Quad Cities Area?

United Way is a volunteer-led organization. We are governed by a local Board of Directors who represent diverse industries and professions. To help further our work, the Education Council, Financial Stability Council, and Health Councils are made up of talented volunteers with the expertise to get things done.

What does it mean to designate my donation?

You may designate your donation to any United Way initiative or to any 501(c)(3) or 170 organization. We encourage donors to make gifts that matter to them, and some choose to designate their donations. 100% of a collected designated contribution is given to the organization or program selected.

How do I find out more?

Our operations are fully transparent. If you have a question about how United Way operates, just ask any representative from our organization