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Designation Policy

The following information applies only to gifts processed by Greater Twin Cities United Way (hereafter “United Way”).

Making a Designation

United Way understands that some donors choose to direct a portion of their gift to a specific nonprofit organization. Although we process these donor-directed contributions as a service to our donors, United Way is unable to guarantee how designated funds to a specific organization will be used or ensure measurable results by the recipient organization. Any organization receiving designations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and must comply with the United States Patriot Act by submitting the proper documentation to United Way.

If you wish to make a designation to a specific organization, the following is required:

  • Confirm that the organization you wish to donate to is a legally recognized 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization by visiting, or contact your designated organization.
  • Specify the designation amount.
  • Provide complete organization information, including the name, EIN, street address, city and state to ensure that your designated gift goes to the right agency—many have similar names.
  • Submit designation information at the time of the pledge.

Payments to Organizations and Acknowledgment

Designated gifts made to our partner organizations are sent in addition to any existing program funding provided by United Way.

We pay out designated gifts monthly based on payments received on all pledges, including gifts paid through payroll deductions. Gifts paid by cash, check, credit card or stock are distributed to designated organizations in the next scheduled designation payout.

Due to COVID-19, we are occasionally experiencing some minor processing delays. Although we strive to meet the timelines stated, there is the possibility of unavoidable delays during this time.

The minimum disbursal amount to a designated organization during a monthly payout is $100. For any organizations receiving less than $100, disbursements will be made in June and December to send any monies accrued that do not meet the minimum threshold.

Donor names and gift details are forwarded to designated organizations unless the donor chooses to remain anonymous, or if an employer does not provide United Way with detailed donor gift information.

Administrative and Fundraising Costs

Five percent of all designated gifts is used to cover the costs of fundraising, collecting, processing and distributing donations. For complete United Way financials, please refer to our Financials page.

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