PMC'S 2015 United Way Campaign | Healing Through Giving
The fall United Way campaign is one of two annual giving opportunities Parrish extends to all care partners.
The United Way is a big brand; one of the most recognized nonprofits in the world. But our United Way, like other United Ways, is an independent, local agency. Ours raises money locally to support local programs and members of our community.
• In fact, every dollar stays in our community and most of it – about 90 cents for every dollar – is spent on programs, not administrative overhead.
• In fact, 125 community volunteers help determine how the funds raised are distributed, though you too have a say in where the money is spent
.• In fact, our United Way agencies are able to leverage every dollar raised to bring in an additional three dollars on average.
• In fact, one-out-of-four people in our county use the United Way resources in some way – including some are our very own care partners and their families.
United Way agencies provide a safety net of services focusing on immediate issues ranging from poverty to physical, mental and developmental health and well-being. United Way of Brevard also focuses on the care and education of our children and the health and independence of our seniors.
For without the basic building blocks of a healthy community – education, income and health – we cannot achieve our goal of healing families, healing communities.
The two-week annual giving campaign begins Monday, November 9, PMC care partners will participate in a number of ways to provide “healing through giving.”Each department will be asked to conduct a new-book drive for third-grade readers; to participate in a healthy food drive in honor of World Diabetes Day this month, as well as other opportunities to give.
Our goal is to raise one-hundred-twenty-two thousand, five-hundred dollars ($122,500) with 55 percent participation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is United Way’s overhead ratio?
United Way of Brevard has one of the lowest administration costs of not-for-profits in the county and of United Ways across the state and the nation. Our overhead ratio (defined as fundraising and administration expense divided by total revenue) is 9%, according to our most recent year IRS Form 990. United Way’s 990/audit is available upon request.
My friend wasn't helped, so I'm not giving!
Last year, United Way of Brevard helped over 200,000 people – over one-third of the county's population.However, there are still people who will not be served due to the limited funds that our programs have available. That is why it is so important to have as many people as possible participate in the campaign!
Why should I give?
You never know when you, a member of your family or a neighbor may need a United Way service due to job loss, loss of a loved one, illness, disabilities or family problems. Your gift helps ensure that United Way services are available when they’re needed.