Comments: Donation or Extortion?

See we are from the same family. I too loathe the United Way and refuse to give when they come around (however I always go to the kickoff lunch cause there is usually a Steeler speaking). Anyway, I feel the same about the United Way and I have an aversion to feeling forced to give to an organization I do not support. I give my money to the Salvation Army, the Boy Scouts and whoever I damn well please - without the overhead taken by United Way and the opportunity for mishandling that entrusting your money to them engenders!

Posted by oddybobo at September 22, 2005 12:23 PM

"The other reason I don’t like the United Way is that I know too many people that needed their help, swallowed their pride and asked only to be turned away"

I am sooo in agreement with you on the United Way, I wish a pox upon them.

Friend of the family a couple decades ago was dying of Lukemia, they went to the United Way to try to get some help with stuff and they were told (I swear upong my fathers grave that they used these exact words) "He's dying, there are others that are living that can use the help more".

From that day forward I swore I would never in my life give one penny to the UW, and I was only 12 years old then.

Fucking Leaches is what they are.

Ford Motor is a big one for forcing employees to donate and the year I married my hubby I told him I do not want him to ever donate to UW, told him the reason and he has never donated again. When asked at work why he tells them and they leave him alone now.

The United Way can kiss my ass.

Posted by Machelle at September 22, 2005 12:25 PM

Bastards. I hate them too. For all those reasons.

I would make a point of giving a LARGE donation (as big as I could afford) to a REPUTABLE charity and bring in the receipt, and tell whoever was in charge for my department, "Sorry, I already gave at home. Too bad you all chose a scam. We could have been the #1 department, see?"

If my employer ever said that promotions were based on charitable giving I'd be in court so fast their heads would spin.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 22, 2005 01:46 PM

I did not know that about the United Way. And yeah, it sounds like extortion to me.

As far as the DCFS--- they need to be disbanded. That whole system is so messed up; it does more harm than good;did the family ever get their children back?

Posted by Rachel Ann at September 22, 2005 02:48 PM

My old company it was known that you would not get promotions if you didn't play the game. The game was giving to UW. I'm at my new company... I don't play the game. I give where I want and UW is not one of them.

Posted by Bou at September 22, 2005 08:01 PM

A company I worked for 3 years ago (fuck it, it was Valspar) was HUGE in UW; they'd make us go to the manditory meeting, bribe us with candy bars and cookies (which of course, I stocked up on) and sit there while some yutz tried to brainwash and/or guilt us into giving money, and at first I did. Now, I was never a Boy Scout, but I was a Cub Scout as a kid, and I've always had the greatest respect for the B.S.A and the values they continue to uphold. I stopped giving to UW when they pulled funding to the Scouts.
After I was laid off from this same job, The Wife and I went to them for temporary aid, thinking, this is what they do, "help" people. We were denied. We made too much money, blah, blah, blah.

(And if we had "too much money", why in the fuck would we be needing HELP!?)

So fuck the United Way. Give directly or to some REPUTABLE charity, but not those bastards!

Posted by Wes at September 23, 2005 04:57 PM

See all above comments... I do not give to UW either. I also know someone turned away from them. Sucks. I give directly to the charities I want.

Posted by VW Bug at September 23, 2005 06:13 PM

Ditto on not giving and knowing they turned people away! I won't give mostly because when I worked at Blue Cross I handled their insurance for a year so I reviewed their annual reports very carefully to see where their money went. their operating expense percentage is one of the highest of charitable organizations out there. Upon further examination I was able to see that it was because of the salary given to their execs.

Therein lies the waste of the beast. So today my money goes primarily to 5 places: American Red Cross, Cancer Care, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and my church. All of these org's I've worked with, know their inner structure, get the annual reports from and have much smaller operating expenditures (even though their global) than UW (which is natiional). Mismanagement and misappropriation doesn't begin to cover the sins of that beast.

Thanks for sharing your reasons with us and for letting us vent as you have.

Posted by Michele at September 26, 2005 09:32 PM