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Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Why does United Way of Sheboygan County allow designations to other nonprofits?
United Way of Sheboygan County believes on promoting philanthropy as a whole and is honored to provide the opportunity for all donors to give to their charity/organization of choice. Any 501c3 organization can receive donations, as designated by the donor, through United Way of Sheboygan County. When a donor makes a gift to an organization other than United Way of Sheboygan’ County's Community Impact Fund or one of United Way of Sheboygan County’s Initiatives direct service programs, it is considered a “designated gift.”
 
Why does United Way of Sheboygan County have a processing fee?
As your processing agent, United Way of Sheboygan County protects both the individual donor and company by verifying organizations are eligible to receive charitable contributions. Upon verification, United Way of Sheboygan County processes the ongoing contributions received through payroll and direct payments, distributes those contributions to agencies, and provides a single tax receipt for all contributions for donors. The designation processing fee covers the costs of this work. Currently, the designation fee is 12% of the total gift.
 
What gifts qualify for the processing fee?
Any gift that is designated for a program or organization, other than United Way of Sheboygan County, qualifies for the fee.

Are there situations in which the processing fee does not apply?
Yes. The following lists the exceptions: 

  • When your gift is under $100.
  • When your gift is designated to a United Way Partner Agency. 
  • When your gift is designated to a Focus Area of United Way of Sheboygan County
  • When your gift is designated to the Volunteer Center of United Way of Sheboygan County.

How and when are my designated contributions distributed to my selected agency?
Once payments are received from the company, gifts are paid-out to designated agencies in May. If the total contribution is $250 or more (collectively from ALL donors), then the agency will receive the funds in two payments (the first one in May and the second in November). Agencies will receive contributions by a paper check in the mail. All information provided by donors will be shared with designated organizations upon request, unless the donor chooses to remain anonymous.