Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Community Giving Campaign?
How much of my contribution actually goes to my charity?
State employees: By a written agreement with the local SEFA committee the administrative costs for The United Way are 9.72%.
Research and MedBest employees: Administrative costs for the United Way is 15%.
Does the United Way take a "cut" off the top of the funding that it gives to agencies?
Why should I give to the United Way when I can give directly to charities? Doesn¿t this add more overhead?
United Way funds programs, not agencies. This distinction means donor dollars are not put into a general agency budget that can be used for any purpose. United Way dollars are directed specifically to programs that help people. Many donors prefer this approach.
For many agencies, there is a great benefit in receiving United Way dollars because they serve as the local match portions for state and federal grants. United Way is a highly efficient fundraising organization that can raise money less expensively than most agencies. In addition, the flow of money from United Way is consistent and allows agencies to plan and budget effectively.
I already give to my church and other organizations, why should I support this campaign?
Can I make a donation using my credit card?
If I choose payroll deduction, when will I see the deduction in my paycheck?
What if I want to donate to an agency in a different county?
State employees may donate to agencies in any county as long as they are listed in the statewide SEFA directory .
Research and MedBest employees may contribute to any 501(c)(3) health and human service organization located in the US. (it’s in NYS or where the donor resides)
How can I add an agency to the campaign?
State employees: To be included in the SEFA campaign, an agency must apply online at sefanys.org between December 1 and January 15th. Contact Ellen Schwartz from the United Way at 315 428-2219 with any questions.
Research and MedBest employees: You may simply write in the agency name on your pledge card (the agency must be a NYS 501(c)(3) health and human service organization located in New York State).
Can I exclude an agency?
If I do not wish to designate my gift, where does the money go?
Research and MedBest employees: undesignated donations support the United Way Community Program Fund.