Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How many agencies does CAUW fund?
Capital Area United Way currently funds 49 Member Agencies and 16
Community Health Charities of Louisiana (CHCLA) Affiliated Agencies.
2. Who is responsible for the activities of United Way?
The volunteer members of the Board of Directors, in addition to being
accountable to the community, are legally responsible to see that the
affairs of United Way are properly managed. United Way funds are
audited yearly by an independent auditing firm and audits are open to the
3. Who decides how donations are spent?
Volunteers decide how much money is allocated to the programs United
Way funds. Many United Way volunteers visit agencies and review their
programs and budgets annually to assure that every dollar is well spent.
4. Does United Way fund abortion services?
No. None of Capital Area United Way funds are used to perform abortion
services or to provide abortion counseling or advocacy for abortion.
Likewise, no Capital Area United Way funds are used to provide anti-
abortion counseling or advocacy.
5. Isn't United Way money wasted because it's handed out to those who
refuse to help themselves?
Actually, several precautions are taken to make sure United Way contributions
are not wasted. Funds go only to those agencies that serve the greatest needs.
That's why the budgeting and actual distribution of funds is done by United Way
volunteers, people just like you.
6. Why should I contribute to United Way if I never use any of their
services and pay my own way?
United Way provides one very practical way for self-sufficient and fortunate
people like you to give direct help to people who can't help themselves right
now. We hope that your circumstances are always as they are today. Should
need arise, United Way is there for you.
7. Does United Way sell donor lists?
No. Capital Area United Way does not share, trade, or sell any list of donors to
any other person or group.
8. Who pays for United Way advertising?
The National Football League (NFL) donates millions of dollars in national
advertising to United Way each year. Many other commercials are donated
through the National Advertising Council. Local media run United Way public
service announcements and post advertisements free of charge. United Way
also has ads that are sponsored by local companies.
9. What do I do if I have a health or human service need?
Call the United Way 2-1-1 help line to give or get help. With one phone call you
can learn about the services of more than 1,800 local non-profit and
governmental organizations and agencies. A trained volunteer is available seven
days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-877-923-2114 or 225-923-2114.
2-1-1 is also available 24 hours a day online at www.brcic211.org.
United Way 2-1-1 is provided by the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center
and funded by Capital Area United Way.
10. What do I do if I have a personal crisis and need help?
Call the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention hotline at 225-
924-3900 to reach a trained professional who can help you with your problem.
These professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
11. Does CAUW accept designations to specific agencies?
Yes, we do accept designations made only to our Member Agencies or another
12. Is my gift tax deductible?
13. How do you expect donors to give to United Way when our nation is
currently in a recession?
Because of the economic situation more people are seeking out the services
our funded agencies provide. Now, more than ever, is when we need your help
in investing in the community.
14. Why did CAUW cut agency allocations this year?
Our campaigns have been flat to down for the past several years and CAUW has
had to spend its own reserve funds to supplement agency allocations. Reserves
are now depleted. Now, more than ever, contributions are needed to ensure
agency reductions don’t occur.
15. You talk about the NEW UNITED WAY – what does that mean?
CAUW has changed over the years and has many new successes, to include:
Partnerships – CAUW is working with a number of partners (to include:
LSU, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Baton Rouge Chamber of
Commerce) to address and identify community needs. For example, we
are working with LSU to identify indicators of growing community issues
that reside in outlying parishes.
2008 Day of Caring brought in over 1,600 volunteers, 89 projects, and
130 companies for the single largest service project day the 10-parish
area has ever seen – results have typically been 200-300 volunteers and
50 for the Future identified hundreds of potential new business partners
for potential growth in revenue and volunteerism.
2007 CAUW Campaign turned a corner, showing an increase over
previous year campaigns. - $246,578 increase from 2006.
16. What is “Community Impact/Community Engagement”?
Community Engagement = Understanding our community needs and
targeting those needs to create social change.
CAUW currently has a group of volunteers that are leading this effort. We
are in the developmental stages of creating lasting change for your
community. As more information becomes available CAUW will be sharing
this exciting information with you.
17. Why did CEO Howard Taylor leave CAUW?
Howard Taylor announced his resignation on April 30, 2008, and is leaving to
address personal and family issues.
The Board of Directors is working to appoint a committee to select a new CEO. In
the meantime, our organization will continue with its mission to get funding where
it is needed most, working with non-profit agencies throughout the 10-parish