Frequently Asked Questions
What is United Way?
United Way is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 agency that brings people together to help our community reach its full potential. We partner with local nonprofits, businesses, government, and social service agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs.
United Way of Northwest Louisiana fights for the health, education, financial stability and essential needs of every person in every community.
What does United Way do?
Our work helps provide the foundation for a good life through efforts in Health, Education, Financial Stability and Essential Needs. Our goals address poverty’s root causes on multiple fronts, and we measure our impact and success each year in our Annual Community Report.
During specific local disaster-relief situations, we also work in partnership with United Ways that cover other Louisiana parishes to ensure that immediate help is coordinated and effective.
Who and where does United Way help?
What's the difference between United Way and other nonprofits?
Making a gift to United Way is the most effective way to help our whole community. Our unique ability to work across complex issues with hundreds of community partners is unmatched.
We mobilize volunteers and convene partner agencies, corporations, community leaders and policymakers to make broad, systemic changes like no other organization can on its own.
Our programs help people in crisis get back on their feet, help prevent future problems and build a stronger community for all of us.
United Way of Northwest Louisiana also operates more than a dozen nonprofit programs and services to fill the gaps in our community. Bank On Northwest Louisiana, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, FamilyWize Prescription Assistance Program, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program are just a few.
Are United Ways related?
The 1,400 community-based United Ways are separately incorporated and independently governed by local volunteers. Many of these organizations are similar in their mission and structure, but some are very different.
United Way of Northwest Louisiana pays a voluntary membership contribution for the rights to use the name and logo, and support broader community impact goals through United Way Worldwide, which attacks the same problems on a national and global level, and provides guidance, training and development services to local United Ways. These dues are less than one percent of each dollar contributed.
Contributions raised in our ten-parish area stay here and decisions about which programs to invest in and which partnerships to pursue are made here in our local community.
Why should I give to United Way of Northwest Louisiana?
Where does the money go?
What guides United Way of NWLA’s investment of donor dollars?
Why should I choose United Way Community Impact Fund?
Can I give to a specific agency?
What is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization?
What is Leadership Giving?
How can my company gain more recognition for its support of United Way of Northwest Louisiana?
Can our company become more involved with United Way?
Yes, we offer several ways for you to be engaged in our community:
- Subscribe to our news alerts.
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Comment and share!
- Post about your campaign news and other United Way-related topics.
- Interested employees can join together to find rewarding volunteer opportunities.
- Financial Literacy Lunch & Learns
- Free Tax Preparation Programs
- Assemble a team and participate in a Day of Caring project.
- Host a food or supply drive and collect essential items to donate to one of United Way programs.
- Talk to your United Way staff member about other ways to get involved.
Are there fees for using my credit card?
Does United Way of NWLA pressure people to give?
I already give money to a church or another charity. Why should I give to United Way?
How do I know that service providers supported by United Way will use the funds responsibly?
How much is used for 'overhead'?
Does United Way invest in Planned Parenthood?
How can my organization become a United Way agency?
Agencies interested in United Way funding can apply for a grant. See our grant information.