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Make a hands-on difference and join the fight against poverty through on-site volunteer activities with your company or at-home philanthropy.Get Involved
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Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, businesses, nonprofits, government, and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way belongs to our community, so we seek community input on the most pressing issues. Then, we bring people, organizations and companies together to proactively solve them. Right now, many people seek trustworthy insights and information AND they want to help, but they don’t know how. United Way makes it simple for people and organizations to be part of the solution; to come together to take ACTION.
United Way belongs to our community and our number one focus is to nimbly and effectively respond to, and develop solutions for, our Valley’s most pressing needs. We will ACTIVATE resources, ACTIVATE corporate and nonprofit partners, ACTIVATE change, ACTIVATE hope, and provide real solutions to the immediate and evolving needs of our community. This year, we’ll focus on 3 approaches:
#1 We’ll continue to address the immediate needs of families and individuals, focusing on hunger, housing and homelessness, financial stability, education and out of school time, and the ongoing/emerging needs of our neighbors.
#2 Address the social, economic, education and racial inequities that have become so clear and have increased with this pandemic. For example, we’ll work with partners to address the digital divide and so that every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical classroom. We’re exploring how United Way might support equal access to quality health care, job training, addressing systemic racism and other community needs as they emerge.
#3 We’ll re-engage our community-centered planning process to develop long- term solutions to the issues our community tells us are most vital.Dollars at Work
A. Valley of the Sun United Way incurs costs for fundraising, marketing and common business operations such as accounting, human resources and overall organizational management. As careful stewards of our donors’ contributions,
Valley of the Sun United Way operates with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness. Less than 10 percent is spent on administrative cost and approximately 90 cents of every dollar goes back into the community to improve lives throughout the Valley.
A. To encourage collective impact, Valley of the Sun United Way brings together partners from every sector – public, business, non-profit, and faith-based organizations – to get things done. Together, with your support, we will ensure kids succeed, end hunger, end homelessness, and increase the financial stability of families and individuals, ACTIVATING solutions in ways no one organization can do alone.
A. Agencies are responsible for adhering to a number of compliance criteria in order to receive United Way program grant funding, including:
Be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and be in compliance with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations, including the maintenance of corporate status as designated by Arizona’s Corporation Commission
A. Yes, donations to Valley of the Sun United Way’s Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Fund, qualify for the Arizona state tax “Credit for Contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations”. Valley of the Sun United Way is an Umbrella organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Fund. Gifts made to the “Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Fund” can qualify for the credit, and can be reported using code 20726.
Your contribution to the Charitable Tax Credit Fund is leveraged to address the multiple causes of poverty in the Valley. By donating a portion of your United Way contribution to the charitable tax credit fund, you help people increase their self- sufficiency and you could receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit this tax year. Donate up to $400* for individuals and up to $800* for those filing jointly. You don’t have to itemize deductions to claim a credit for contributions to a Qualifying Charitable Organization.