Make Your Moment. Help us Fight Poverty.

The need in our community is
huge and growing.

The surest way to address the need and effect change is through donations. That’s how you can show your support for the work you feel passionate about. We invite you to give to our Community Impact Fund, the most powerful way to improve lives and strengthen our community, or to designate funds for a specific cause. However you choose to contribute, you can be sure that your hard-earned dollars will impact the greatest needs in our community, because they’re collected with other gifts and directed to programs doing the most to make a difference. (We know because we evaluate the impact of our funded programs every year).


Start a workplace campaign

Starting a workplace campaign is an ideal way for you and your co-workers to take a stand for your philanthropic values. Creating a culture of giving at work benefits your employees, your organization and our community.

When you partner with United Way of Central Ohio, you help improve the lives of everyone in our community —including your own.

We’re here for support.

Let us help you customize your campaign. Together, we’ll make it fun, productive and engaging, regardless of the size of your organization.

Call 614.227.2700. We’ll connect you with your personal United Way campaign manager so you can get started today.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a unique and personal opportunity to have a lasting impact on your community and the issues that matter most to you.

United Way of Central Ohio invites you to make the ultimate investment in your community by arranging for a planned gift to United Way.  A planned gift to United Way of Central Ohio will enable us to continue to do what works and what matters for decades to come by finding solutions to the important problems of our time, problems like employment, education, health, housing, and safe neighborhoods.

Donors also reap benefits from making a planned gift to United Way of Central Ohio. Not only do donors build legacies for themselves and their families, often times they see a reduction in their taxes, an increase in their income, the fulfillment of their charitable goals and reap great personal satisfaction in seeing their desires carried forth into the future.

Donors who make a planned gift to United Way of Central Ohio have many options available to them to implement this transaction. Donors can make an outright gift from appreciated assets, through a bequest, with a life insurance policy, through a trust, retirement plans or an annuity. These are but a few of the many avenues available to donors interested in making a planned gift. We encourage donors to work with their legal or financial adviser in making a planned gift but United Way can also provide assistance.

Planned Giving: It assures the future of United Way and what matters most to you.

To discuss planned giving options, contact Michael Robinson at 614.227.2764.

United Way Life

Invest in Central Ohio’s Future with United Way Life

United Way Life uses an affordable guaranteed life insurance policy. With a modest out-of-pocket cost, you can create a substantial gift that will make an impact in our community forever. With just five annual tax-deductible premium payments to United Way of Central Ohio, the policy is fully paid. Both the premiums and the death benefit are guaranteed to fulfill your gift intent.

Working through a national partnership, United Way Life identifies highly rated best-in-class insurance carriers and constantly searches the market for the greatest value for your charitable dollars. The team at United Way Worldwide will assist you every step of the way, ensuring confidential handling of your information and arranging all required underwriting processes with program partners.

Once premium amounts are determined, they are guaranteed and do not change over the five years. And with United Way of Central Ohio named as the owner and beneficiary of the policy, you receive a tax deduction for each of your five annual premium payments.

The addition of a United Way Life policy also may qualify you for membership in one or more of United Way’s giving groups, or you can use it to step up to the next level of giving over a short period of time, while enjoying membership benefits immediately.

Complete this form to get your free quote today, or to have someone contact you with more information! Or contact Michael Robinson at 614.227.2764 or

Support a Loaned Executive

Develop Your Team. Build Our Community.

The Loaned Executive Program of United Way of Central Ohio gives companies an opportunity to provide employees a unique learning experience with numerous benefits. Loaned Executives represent United Way during peak campaign season by making presentations to local corporate partners and reaching out to individual donors.

A United Way relationship manager will work with your Loaned Executive to develop fundraising goals, execute campaign strategies and support the corporate philanthropy efforts in companies throughout Columbus. Your employee will gain transferable skills through intensive training, and numerous leadership and networking opportunities.

Your company will gain high visibility within the community, and your employee receives significant career enrichment opportunities. The Loaned Executive Program can enhance the skills and knowledge of an employee who is in the midst of an internal transition, a newly hired young professional or an employee who is new to central Ohio and would benefit from making business connections. Consider incorporating this three-month program into your employees’ onboarding and development plans.

How The Loaned Executive Program Works

For the first two weeks of the 14-week program and periodically throughout, the Loaned Executive will receive training that includes a structured professional development curriculum covering communication and presentation skills, project management skills, and interpersonal and management competencies.

Participants will engage in the community by participating in group volunteer projects, agency tours, Campaign Cabinet meetings and by speaking in front of various audiences about the work of United Way.

The program will emphasize networking and mentorship through leadership luncheons with key stakeholders in the community to educate and inspire your Loaned Executive. From building relationships with key corporate contacts and making presentations to different audiences, participants will expand their personal and professional networks.

Options For Company Engagement

Loaned Executives serve from August 19 to november 22. In addition to the traditional loaned employee option, we also offer a sponsorship support option. If loaning employees, companies agree to cover their employees’ salaries, mileage costs and other expenses during the program.

Loaned Executives (40 hours per week for 14 weeks) – Full-time Loaned Executives manage approximately 40 corporate accounts and work out of United Way’s downtown offices. When you invest in your employee as a Loaned Executive, you release them from day-to-day responsibilities for the duration of the program.

Sponsorship Support – Financial sponsorship enables United Way to offer the Loaned Executive Program. Corporate sponsors are recognized in a variety of ways including coverage in the United Way newsletter, website and, as appropriate, on program materials.

  • Grand Champion: $15,000 – Your company will sponsor a program participant who will be recruited through our general program application process to represent your company, as well as the training and development components, and the program’s events (including the graduation luncheon).
  • Champion: $10,000 – Your company will sponsor a program participant who will be recruited through our general program application process to represent your company in addition to sponsoring the program’s training and development components.
  • Cheerleader: $5,000 – Your company will sponsor a program participant who will be recruited through our general program application process to represent your company.

Join Us In Making A Difference

Join our corporate partners Alliance Data, American Electric Power, Fifth Third Bank, Limited Brands, Mettler Toledo, Nationwide, State Auto, UPS and others in making a difference in your community through the Loaned Executive Program.


Kroger community rewards

Shop for Groceries. Support United Way of Central Ohio.

It’s Easy… just shop, swipe your card & earn!
Kroger is committed to helping central Ohio grow and prosper. As a long time supporter of United Way, Kroger’s Community Rewards program is one of many community commitments Kroger makes towards advancing the common good.
Kroger will pay up to $1,000,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations. Individual groups are able to earn up to $50,000 per quarter. Kroger limits a quarterly household contribution to $300. Participants must re-enroll annually.

By participating the the Community Rewards program, you can help raise funds for United Way of Central Ohio to continue our work in the local community.

Please Note: Participants must re-enroll each year.Participation is easy:

  1. Go to and register with your Kroger Card.
  2. When asked which nonprofit you would like to support, enter “United Way of Central Ohio” or our organization number: 83523.
  3. Shop at Kroger and watch your points add up.
Donate stock

Persons wishing to use appreciated stock as settlement of their United Way pledge should check the box labeled “Stocks and Securities” on their pledge card and make sure to fill out the Home Address section of the form. The pledge will be logged as a Direct Bill pledge payable before the end of the following calendar year (i.e. – a pledge made in the fall of 2017 is due prior to 12-31-2018.)

When donating appreciated stock, the individual should transfer the stock(s) as described below before selling it. By doing this, the individual may be able to claim a charitable contribution in the amount of the average of the high and low stock price on the day of transfer to the United Way. He/she may also not have to pay any capital gains tax on the deposition of the stock.

Note: Only stock which has appreciated in value should be contributed directly to the United Way. If you are considering stock whose current selling price is below the purchase price, it would be advantageous for tax purposes to sell the stock first and contribute the proceeds after receiving the cash settlement, so that the individual may be entitled to the capital loss on the sale as well as the charitable donation for the cash paid to the United Way.


To transfer stock(s) or mutual fund(s) to the United Way:

1.) Please contact The United Way of Central Ohio at (614) 227-8703 or and inform us of the transfer. We can also answer any questions that you may have.

  • If your shares of stock are being held in a brokerage account they can be transferred electronically from your brokerage account to the United Way account. To transfer shares electronically, please provide your broker/brokerage firm with the following United Way account information:

United Way Account: 54H04150
Brokerage Firm: Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch DTC Number: 8862
Federal Tax ID: 31-4393712

Your brokerage firm can contact Merrill Lynch directly at (800)285-0648 for information regarding the transfer.

  • If you have stock certificates in your possession, please call the above numbers and we will guide you on how to proceed. It is important that you not endorse the stock certificate itself. We will supply you with a separate stock power to use which will expedite the transaction and remove the need for you to have your endorsement certified before sending. You will need to send us the original stock certificate and the separate stock power for our processing. We recommend that these documents be sent separately by certified or registered mail for your protection. We will then sell the stock and give you credit for the average of the high and low stock price on the day you mailed or delivered the certificate.

2.) If you wish to transfer mutual funds, please contact Merrill Lynch at 614-342-6267 or 1-800-285-0648. They will be able to recommend the appropriate procedure to follow.

Our policy is to sell donated stock as quickly as possible after receiving the transfer. Once we receive the proceeds we will post the contribution to your account and send you an acknowledgment letter to serve as evidence of the value of your contribution for tax purposes. To ensure proper posting of stock payments, please ask your broker to provide your full name and address when funds are transferred.

In-Kind Donations

Our work in the community is made possible by the generous support of individuals and business through monetary and in-kind donations.  We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their generous in-kind support through the donation of goods, services or consulting expertise valued at $5,000 or more. These in-kind gifts were received in 2014 and 2015:

Les and Abigail Wexner
The Andersons
Columbia Gas
State Auto
The Ohio State University
Creative Spot
Oregonia Pictures
Time Warner Cable

Consider an In-Kind Gift

In-kind product and service contributions help United Way of Central Ohio and our partner nonprofit organizations thrive by expanding resources, reducing overhead costs and helping increase efficiency. By making an in-kind donation, you can take pride in knowing your gifts have found a good home and made a real difference in our community.

If you’re an organization:

To coordinate an in-kind fundraiser, such as a school supply drive or clothing drive, or to make a large in-kind donation such as advertising/media placement or consulting services, please contact us and we will gladly help connect you to the right people, programs and agencies in our community.

We also welcome your in-kind donations of goods and services made directly to United Way of Central Ohio—such as gift cards, printing, catering services, office supplies, video production/editing. These generous donations allow us to do our work in central Ohio more efficiently and effectively.

Please contact and work with your organization’s United Way Relationship Manager. If you don’t have an assigned Relationship Manager, please contact Joe McKinley at or 614.227.2738.

If you’re an individual:

We can help you find a non-profit agency home for your new and/or gently used household items or office equipment including household tools, gently used clothes and winter jackets, and office equipment including computers and printers.  Please contact Joe McKinley at or 614.227.2738.

When you make an in-kind gift, you’re entitled to receive all the tax credits allowed by law.  Please contact a tax professional for specific tax advice.  United Way of Central Ohio gladly coordinates the donations of in-kind gifts among individuals, companies and non-profit organizations. We are not responsible for any damage or inconvenience encountered during an in-kind transaction.

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