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What is the Interlakes Area United Way?   
The purpose of the Interlakes Area United Way is to exist as a voluntary, not-for-profit organization that unites community volunteers and agencies to address and provide human care needs and to partner with other organizations to make our community a better place.  Funds contributed through the annual campaign provide financial support for a broad range of programs and services in Lake, Miner and Moody counties.  This balancing of community resources and local needs is performed by a cross section of volunteers. 

How are Funds Distributed?   
The United Way board volunteers review applications and recommend the amount of money to be allocated for specific agencies.  Some of the areas of consideration are:, community impact, agency program's effectiveness and efficiency, agency accountability and fiscal management.  The IAUW Board of Directors has the final approval of the budget recommendation for funding of agency programs. 

Who is ultimately responsible for the activities of United Way and for the funds it raises and distributes? 
The volunteer members that comprise the Board of Directors, in addition to being accountable to the community, are personally liable and legally responsible to see that the Interlakes Area United Way is properly managed. 
What is the process of admitting agencies to the Interlakes Area United Way?    
The Interlakes Area United Way has an open application process one time each year to consider admission of new agencies.  The Allocations Committee reviews each application and offers the recommendation to the Board of Directors.  Admittance is based upon the following criteria: the agency's organizational structure, their programs and the availability of United Way funds.  The Allocations Committee is also responsible for ensuring the continued effectiveness of the current United Way agencies.  Each agency is reviewed each year using the same criteria as new applicants.    
During the annual campaign many companies provide payroll deduction for their employees - what are the advantages of giving through payroll deduction? 
It is easier for individuals to contribute a small amount each pay period than to contribute the same sum all at once.  In addition, donors tend to contribute more if they can extend the payments over a longer period of time. 

Why should I give to United Way?
99% of all funds stay local. By giving to IAUW you are contributing to a wide range of programs and are helping thousands in your community with self- sufficiency. At some point in time, all of us will be touched by someone who has been affected through United Way programs. Charitable giving is a personal and voluntary decision and the United Way encourages you to do what is most comfortable to you. A gift to the United Way is an investment that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population.

Are all United Ways the same?
There are approximately 1,400 United Way across the country that exist in their respective communities to build partnerships and leverage resources to create plans for long lasting community change. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs.

What if I don't want my money to go to a certain agency?
Not every agency appeals to every donor, but all agencies have met the meticulous standards of our United Way and the programs we fund meet needs within our seven impact areas. If you like, you can designate to any one agency that fits your needs.

What is the easiest way to contribute?
Payroll deduction is by far the most convenient method of contribution. A small amount is taken from your paycheck per payday, allowing you to make a small contribution each week that can make a big difference in the course of a year.

The Interlakes Area United Way Needs Your Help!
Over 30 local nonprofits in Lake, Miner, and Moody counties depend on funding from United Way to meet their goals. Your donations stay local and help those most in need in our community.