Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to United Way, when I also receive solicitations from other charitable organizations?

Your gift to United Way allows you to accomplish more than you can alone accomplish. When you give to a specific charity, you support a cause. When you give to United Way, you help improve people's lives and strengthen our entire community. United Way invests your donation in well-managed programs that change lives and strengthen families more than any organization in this community. Our expertise and standards of excellence for helping others are unequalled in the Concho Valley.

Is my contribution to United Way tax deductible?
If you itemize deductions on your annual income taxes, then your donation is tax deductible. If you have more in-depth tax deduction questions, we encourage you to check with your tax advisor.
Is United Way governed locally or by a national organization?
United Way of the Concho Valley is an autonomous and locally governed organization. A volunteer Board of Directors composed of local key business and community leaders governs the organization. However, the United Way of the Concho Valley is affiliated with United Way of World Wide's national service and training centers.
Community Impact
Who receives funding support from United Way of the Concho Valley?

Nineteen programs currently receive support from United Way of the Concho Valley:


1.    English as a Second Language Program at Adult Literacy Council

2.    Adult Treatment Program at Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council

3.    Project Learn at Boys & Girls Club of Menard

4.    Education and Career Program at Boys & Girls Club of San Angelo

5.    Court Appointed Special Advocate Program at Children's Advocacy Center of 
       San Angelo

6.    Hope House at Children's Advocacy Center of San Angelo

7.    Safe & Sound Program at Children's Emergency Shelter

8.    Connect By 25 Program at Concho Valley Home for Girls

9.    Hunger Relief Program at Concho Valley Regional Food Bank

10.  Success By 6 Program at Esperanza Health Center

11.  Helping Hands Program at Galilee Community Development Corp.

12.  SISTERS Program at Girl Scouts of Central Texas

13.  Peace Begins at Home Program at ICD Family Shelter

14.  Infant, Toddler & Preschool Program at San Angelo Day Nursery

15.  Pediatric Therapeutic Riding Program at Sonrisas TRAILS

16.  Nurturing Youth Through Cub Scouts Program at Texas Southwest Council,
       Boy Scouts of America

17.  Emergency Assistance Program at The Salvation Army

18.  Community-wide Reduced Fee Counseling Program at West Texas Counseling 

19.  Scholarships for After School Care Program at YMCA

What impact areas are funded by United Way of the Concho Valley?
*Education *Health *Income
Does United Way of the Concho Valley provide funding support to the Boy Scouts of America?
Yes, the Cub Scout Program receives funding support from United Way of the Concho Valley.
Does United Way of the Concho Valley provide funding to any agency that funds abortion?
United Way of the Concho Valley Annual Campaign
How do I know if my donation was used wisely?

Each program receiving funding support must submit a program budget along with a narrative report to outline how they will improve lives in the Concho Valley and how they will document improvement. Expenditure reports are provided to United Way of the Concho Valley to specifcally show where funds are being used. United Way of the Concho Valley staff review annual reports to assure performance measurement and outcomes are ongoing. Outcome results are published annually in a report called "Return on Your Investment." This report is distributed at workplace campaigns and is available upon request. It is also available here on our web site.

How much of my donation goes to helping people?
Our local United Way has been successful in keeping its overhead costs to a minimum. In fact, 85 cents on every dollar that you give, goes directly to programs and services that matter the most supporting children, families, seniors and improving our community.
How much of my donation stays in the Concho Valley?
98 cents of every dollar remains in the Concho Valley.
Where does the remaining two cents go?
The remaining two cents goes to pay national dues to United Way World Wide. This investment allows United Way of the Concho Valley to draw additional funding from national corporate companies such as Wal-Mart, Bank of America and Johnson & Johnson. The additional funds received from the national corporations are considerably more than the local dues sent to United Way World Wide.
Leadership Giving
What is a Front Runner?
A Front Runner is someone who annually donates $1,000 or more to United Way of the Concho Valley. There are five levels of Front Runner givers: * Silver - $1,000 - $1,499 * Bronze - $1,500 - $2,499 * Gold - $2,500 - $4,999 * Platinum - $5,000 - $9,999 * Tocqueville Society - $10,000 or more
What is the Alexis de Tocqueville Society?

The United Way de Tocqueville Society derives its name from the French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured the United States in 1831 and applauded the voluntary spirit that lives in America's heart. Members of the de Tocqueville Society provide exceptional leadership by investing $10,000 or more annually. The United Way of the Concho Valley de Tocqueville Society was formed in March of 1984 to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way's work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The de Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions around the world who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our community's most serious issues. Membership in the de Tocqueville Society is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000 annually to a member United Way. Specifically, the United Way de Tocqueville Society aims to: * Change lives through philanthropic leadership by focusing on the building blocks for a better life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family through retirement; and good health. * Communicate the vital role of personal philanthropic action in creating long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of societal problems. * Enhance local recognition of long-standing service volunteers. * Foster philanthrhopic action and voluntary community service. * Expand high-level personal giving and United Way Major and Planning Giving programs of a higher standard. * Strengthen local leadership development and Major Giving efforts by building upon cross-geographical linkages. * Predominately position the de Tocqueville Society name and the United Way brand in an effort to stimulate the exchange of philanthropic ideas while maintaining a positive national quality image.