2. For tax purposes, what year will my pledge be recognized?
If your pledge is made through payroll deduction, it will be recognized as the year 2017 for tax purposes. If giving by credit card or check, you may indicate which year it is to be recognized, up until December 31, 2016; checks or credit cards, received after that date, will be 2017 for tax purposes.
Any 501(c)(3) agency or organization is eligible. When donating via the pledge form, you will write-in the agency name. When donating online via the ePledge system, you will use the agency search tool to locate the agency. If they are not listed, you may enter an agency name and address when prompted to do so. For a list of agencies, go to the Agency List PDF.
11. Are there a maximum number of designations that I can make?
Yes, but only when using the ePledge system that allows a maximum of 12 agency designations per pledge. If a donor wants to designate more than 12 agencies, via the ePledge system, you should contact the U-M United Way coordinator at (734) 763-3109 to assist you. When donating via the pledge form, there are no limitations on the number of agency designations.
14. If I designate my contribution to agencies other than United Way agencies, how much of my gift is actually forwarded?
The forwarded amount is 87.7%. The United Way of Washtenaw County deducts 12.3% from each designation to cover costs of collection, development, advertising, and administration of the campaign. For example, using WTVS as an example, the 11.9% for administrative and fundraising costs is far less than all but a few non-profit organizations in the state. According to Charity Navigator, WTVS itself has administrative and fundraising costs of 33.8%. Charity Navigator Site. Therefore, one could argue that agencies are getting more money by designating through United Way than if we responded to the letters, emails or on-air fundraising efforts that the organization itself makes.
15. How soon and/or often will an agency receive my designated funds?
Unless the organization has an electronic funds transfer arrangement with United Way of Washtenaw County, they will receive employee designated funds by check up to two times per year. Rather than the added expense of processing a check for small amounts of money every single month, they process those small amounts after a number of months of collection have taken place. If the organization enrolls in electronic funds transfers, they will receive designated funds up to four times per year.
17. Can you do a payroll deduction for less than 12 months?
Yes, it is sometimes necessary when someone knows that they will retire before the end of the year or when they have a seasonal appointment, for example. During the ePledge process you enter the number of months. On the pledge form you write in the months next to the amount.
19. Can I give stock for my United Way contribution?
Yes, on your pledge form indicate that this is a securities contribution. To do the actual transfer call the United Way of Washtenaw County at (734) 677-7212to make the arrangements. They will inform the U-M United Way office of the amount.
23. What is the United Way of Washtenaw County’s policy regarding donor information and privacy issues?
United Way of Washtenaw County uses your information only for its intended business purpose and will not sell or trade your information with any other organizations. They have contracts with third-party service providers (who help them with administration, data storage, mailing, printing and other services) who must adhere to strict confidentiality and security agreements. They do however, allow access of your information to auditors and other third parties as mandated by regulatory requirements.
The only other outside party with access to your information, which is limited to name, address and amount, is the recipient of any funds contributed by you. This information allows the recipient agency to send a thank you message to you for your gift. United Way of Washtenaw County will ask if they may publish your name when you make your pledge.
27. How does more than one person receive acknowledgment for a Leadership Giver donation?
If donating using the ePledge system, enter both names in the space provided on the “review your information” page. If there are more than two people to acknowledge, please notify the U-M Charitable Gift Office at (734) 763-3109.
28. What if a couple works at U-M in different departments, how do both their departments get credit and at the same time how do they qualify for the Leadership Giver designation?
If a couple is donating and both are U-M employees and they each want their departments credited for the donation, please split the gift and notify the U-M United Way coordinator at (734) 763-3109 that the gift should be combined and acknowledged together for the Leadership Givers designation.
29. I want to add to/edit my pledge, can I do that?
Yes, you can. If you want to edit your pledge during the same month you can edit your transaction by logging into the ePledge system through Wolverine Access, enter your unique name and password. From the home page, under My Account select History. In the Quick Summary section, you should see your gift total and a pencil icon. Click the pencil to bring you to your 2016 Transactions. Click the magnifying glass to see the Details. At the bottom, there is an Update button. You can now go back through the pledge process and make any changes necessary. When finished, click Confirm and you will receive a new confirmation with your saved changes.
If you are having issues editing your pledge or it is past the month of your original pledge, please send an email to Paula Jefferson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, employee ID, and the changes you need and she will make those changes.