FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Granite United Way?
Granite United Way is a trusted non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of lives by bringing together the caring power of communities. Granite United Way is different from other non-profits because our focus is on the ‘common good’ and not a singular mission. We are committed to providing local leadership that adapts to the needs of the community.
Granite United Way is the result of six United Ways merging together to form the largest United Way in New Hampshire. Our coverage area reaches 80% of the state and delivers more than $13 million in support to struggling families and individuals.
Granite United Way is highly rated by both GuideStar and Charity Navigator. These organizations rate non profits across the country and have repeatedly named Granite United Way to some of their top achievements.
What is the relationship between Granite United Way and United Way Worldwide?
Each United Way is an independent, private, non-profit community resource, governed by a local board of volunteers. At Granite United Way, a volunteer Board of Directors sets the policies and ensures that they are followed. United Way Worldwide exists to serve local United Ways and does not exert control or have any authority over the local United Way management practices.
Nationwide, 1,200 United Ways support approximately 47,000 agencies, helping millions of people from all walks of life. In towns large and small, United Ways have been leading the charge in caring for others for more than 125 years. Apart from our national government, United Way supports the greatest variety of health and human services in the country. In 2012, Forbes Magazine named United Way among its Top Five All-Star Charities for efficiency.
Why give to Granite United Way?
We're local - Funds raised here, stay here.
We're accountable - Our Community Investment Committee volunteers review programs and budgets before making investment decisions with donor dollars. Programs and initiatives must meet strict guidelines and prove to volunteers exactly how they improve lives. We're efficient - We rely on hundreds of volunteers to help us raise money in order to keep costs low. We're effective - Granite United Way is committed to creating lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our community's problems.
Can I specify where I want my contribution to go?
As a donor you have the opportunity to make tremendous impact with your gift. Whether you chose to give an undesignated gift where local volunteers identify critical community needs and leverage your gift with others to create positive change or if you decide to give a portion of your gift to a specific program you feel passionate about – you’re helping your community!
*Designated pledges are assessed both a fundraising and a management and general fee based on actual historical costs in accordance with United Way of America Membership Standards.
How does United Way know where to give the money?
As part of its Strategic Plan, Granite United Way works with hundreds of local volunteers and industry experts who spend countless hours reviewing programs, making site visits, analyzing budgets and determining the success of an initiative or program before making a decision on the grant award through the local investment process. These Community Review Teams ensure that funded initiatives and programs meet strict guidelines and demonstrate positive outcomes.
How can I volunteer?
There are a number of ways you can volunteer with Granite United Way! From Day of Caring events, campaign volunteers, volunteer tax preparation or administrative assistance – your efforts can help your community. For more information on volunteering, please contact Val Guy, Senior Director of Regional Impact, at 603.224.2595 ext. 226.