Unrestricted vs Restricted (Designated) Contributions - General Gampaign
** What are Health and Human Services? These are agencies that work to improve and maintain the health and well-being of individuals by providing for necessities such as food, water, clothing, shelter, safety, and healthcare, psychological/social interpersonal needs [acceptance and dignity], and self-actualization/self-fulfillment [achieving one's full potential and prosperity] -- all by developing, promoting, encouraging, and adopting continued improvements in the areas of medicine, public health, social support services, and other disciplines.
General Campaign charitable organizations listing: (will be updated at a later date)
- Organizations must provide a direct public Health and Human Service** (see definition above), and be currently eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions [not-for-profit] under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and located in the United States. If a for-profit business is chosen, the designation will be changed to an undesignated contribution. For questions about agency designations and eligibility, please contact us directly.
- Effective Campaign Year 2020, we willl have a modest cost recovery offset charge of 5% on designated contributions to partially recover the cost of running and processing a charitable giving campaign.
- Please note that Animal-Related organizations typically do not provide a direct health and human service - these include: Animal Rescues | Animal, Wildlife, & Endangered Species Preservation, Protection, & Welfare orgs | Bird & Wildlife Sanctuaries | Fisheries Resources | Veterinary Services | Zoos & Aquariums | and other non HHS Animal Related Services/Training.
- Please provide the name and locality of a chosen charity (code # is optional and specific to the United Way of Buffalo). Many large national and international charities have a main "Headquarters" (HQ) address shown on their website; therefore, be sure to select the correct affiliate, branch, or chapter. If a donor would like to give to a focused program are of an agency, be specific, as they are not displayed.
- Charities will be required to recertify online annually, to potentially maintain eligibility for receiving donor-designated contributions. If a charity is not already registered and approved to receive contributions with our United Way, additional processing time will be required, and the agency is subject to eligibility and individual response. For a New Agency Information Form, click here.
- Charities with total designations of less than $200.00 may have a prolonged payment delay, based on pledge type (fully paid, payroll, etc.), actual collection experience, and standard bi-monthly minimum distribution amount.
- The above-mentioned list of charitable agencies, a courtesy service to our donors, is discretionary and subject to change without notice. The United Way does not have an affiliation with or endorse designations to other nonprofits, and any promotion is solely on the agency.
- For workplaces that have an arrangement where employees continue or roll over payroll pledges into a new deduction/calendar year, please be aware that the United Way will not automatically designate gifts to a previously chosen agency. If a donor wishes to designate their gift to an agency to which they previously selected, the donor may complete a new pledge and provide the designation information at the time of their workplace campaign.
- Charities that receive payment from the United Way for donor-designated contributions should not issue tax receipts. Donors are asked to retain a copy of their United Way pledge form or email confirmation (online contributions), and the acknowledgment or thank you, and/or tax receipt that our United Way may send (if an address is provided). For information regarding tax deductions and contributions, please contact your tax preparer. Helpful IRS information may be found in IRS Publication 526 or IRS Publication 1771.
- Campaigns for employees paid by NYS (SEFA - State Employees Federated Appeal) or the Federal Government (CFC - Combined Federal Campaign): Agency name, code number, and annual eligibility are NOT interrelated or interchangeable to any content on this page or agency list, as application requirements, acceptance, and policies are separate from the United Way General Campaign. See the current directories for agency eligibility, number selection, and other information.
A helpful tool to see if an organization is tax-exempt can be found on the IRS website: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/