Designating Your General (Regular Buffalo) Campaign Pledge

Donations made directly to our United Way make the greatest impact in our community because allocations are directed to several locally funded programs that address the most significant needs in the focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health & Wellness.  Contributors, however, may still wish to designate all, or a portion of their gift, to another organization.  Our United Way does not charge a processing fee, therefore, to help minimize the cost efforts on handling designations, we have compiled a list as a courtesy to our donors, which shows numerous Health and Human Service* 501(c)(3) charities in the local area (code # is optional and specific to the United Way of Buffalo General Campaign).  See additional information below.


We are currently updating our charitable organizations list for the 2018 General Campaign.


* The following are some examples of Health and Human Service categories:

Abuse, Violence

Family Counseling, Support, Well-being Life Skills (Communication, Literacy, etc.)
Aging, Elderly, Seniors Food and Nutrition Medical and Biomedical Research or Treatments
Basic Human Needs (Food/Water, Clothing, Shelter) Food Safety Mental, Psychological, Behavioral Health
Child Abuse, Advocacy, or Welfare Grief Counseling Occupational or Physical Therapy
Child Care, Development, or Education Health and Wellness (Human) Physical Disabilities
Community Action, Living, Outreach, Well-being Health Care: Access, Cost, Quality, Resources, Safety Rehabilitation or Transitional Services
Criminal Case Management Home Health or Adult Day Care Residential Counseling or Management
Crisis & Emergency Intervention, Management, Services Housing and Emergency Shelter Social Service, Social Work, Social Well-being
Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Income (Economic Well-Being, Financial Stability) Substance Abuse (Drug and/or Alcohol)
Disease: Control, Diagnosis, Prevention, or Treatment Job and Employment Services Therapeutic Assistance
Drug or Medical Safety Juvenile Offender Services Youth and Adolescent Services
Education (Schools, Schooling, Systematic instruction)



The above-mentioned list of charitable agencies, a service to our donors, is discretionary and subject to change without notice.  The Donor Choice Program is not intended to endorse or promote an agency, and not all agencies (and programs) are displayed.  Organizations must provide a direct public Health or Human Service* (category examples 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 Continental United States.  If a charity is not already (pre)registered and approved to receive contributions with this United Way, additional processing time will be required and the agency is subject to eligibility and individual response.  Many large national and international charities have a central "headquarters" (HQ) address - if contributing to one of these types of organizations, please be sure to provide the correct (local) chapter info, rather than the HQ address.  If you have a question about agency eligibility, please contact our United Way.  NOTE:  CHARITIES WITH TOTAL DESIGNATIONS OF LESS THAN $100.00 will have a delay in payment, based on actual and overall 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, 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 should complete a new paper pledge form, or submit their pledge online through their workplace ePledge, 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.  SEFA prohibits designating to an organization not currently shown in their directory or website.  Please see the current SEFA directory for agency eligibility, number selection, and information.

Charitable Contributions:  Charities that receive contributions through United Way donors (including SEFA) do not issue tax receipts.  Please retain your United Way (SEFA) pledge form or confirmation, and in addition, your acknowledgment/thank you letter, and/or tax receipt that the United Way (Niagara Frontier SEFA), 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: