Designating Your General (Regular Buffalo) Campaign Pledge
** What are Health and Human Services? Health and Human Service agencies 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 needs, and self-fulfillment, such as education and achieving one's full potential, along with prosperity – by developing, promoting, encouraging, and adopting continued improvements in the areas of medicine, public health, social support services, and other disciplines.
The following are some examples of Health and Human Service categories:
2019 General Campaign Charitable Organizations - list not available at this time.
- 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 any affiliation with, promote, or endorse donor-selected charities. If you wish to give to a specific program area of an agency, please be specific, as they are not displayed.
- Organizations must provide a direct public Health and Human Service** (definition and categories shown above), and be currently eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and located in the United States. We love animals too, but please note that animal rescue/welfare organizations generally do not provide a health and human service.
- If a charity is not already (pre)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 application, click here. Charities will be required to recertify annually in order to maintain eligibility for receiving donor-designated contributions. The online recertification form can be completed through our website: uwbec.org/agencyrecertification For questions about agency eligibility, please contact us directly.
- Many large national and international charities have a "Headquarters" (HQ) address shown on their website - if contributing to one of these types of organizations, please be sure to use the correct (LOCAL) affiliate, branch, or chapter, if applicable.
- Charities with total designations of less than $100.00 will have a prolonged payment deferment, based on pledge type (cash, payroll), actual collection processes, and our standard bi-monthly minimum distribution amount.
- For workplace payroll pledges that are continued (rolled over) into a new campaign or deduction/calendar year, please note 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.
SEFA - State Employees Federated Appeal (employees paid by NYS) agency name, 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. Please see the current SEFA directory for agency eligibility, number selection, and information.
Charitable Contributions: For donor privacy, we do not release contact information to benefiting charities, unless given sole permission. Charities that receive contributions through United Way donors do not issue tax receipts. Please retain your pledge form or pledge confirmation, and in addition, your acknowledgment/thank you letter, and/or tax receipt that the United Way may send to you for your gift. For information regarding tax deductions and your contribution, please contact your tax preparer. In addition, helpful IRS information may be found in IRS Publication 526 or IRS Publication 1771.
A helpful tool to search for tax-exempt organizations can also be found on the IRS website: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/