Frequently Asked Questions

What is the United Way of Central Louisiana?

The United Way of Central Louisiana is a nonprofit that links donors and helping agencies with businesses, government, and other key players to build a stronger central Louisiana.


What is United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America)?

United Way Worldwide (UWW) is in essence our trade association. In exchange for one percent of the funds we raise, they provide us with invaluable services such as training opportunities, research, and connections to other United Ways around the world. UWW does not fund individual agencies anywhere. They exist only to promote and serve 1,800 member United Ways.


Is the United Way accountable to donors?

Yes! Exceptionally so. Our volunteer Finance Committee (known as the Organizational Excellence Committee) is composed of financial and management experts from several local companies. They ensure that fiscal controls are in place, and that fiscal decisions are sound. In addition, we are audited by an outside firm every year. Copies of our audit and IRS Form 990 are available on this site (see the Annual Report and Financials tab).


Where does the money go?

All donations made to UWCL stay in Central Louisiana.


Is my contribution to United Way tax deductible?

Yes. Your gift is tax deductible if you itemize deductions. A receipt is not necessary unless you pay $250 or more at one time. If you would like a receipt, please contact our office.


What area does the United Way of Central Louisiana serve?

UWCL services eight parishes around central Louisiana: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn.