Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

How is United Way different from other nonprofit organizations?

United Way takes on the problems that one person or one agency cannot solve alone. We go beyond fundraising by researching the needs of the community and bringing the right resources and people together to solve tough local issues. No other nonprofit brings together government, businesses, religious organizations, and nonprofits to develop health and human service strategies. We fund programs that are meeting people’s needs today, and we are working on innovative solutions for lasting change. In addition to raising funds and investing them back into the local community, United Way also leads the community in times of need.

How does my agency get funding from United Way?

There are multiply ways our community can work together for the common good and to improve lives of our neighbors.

1. Participate in our grant process to become a partner agency:

United Way of Madison County partnerships and funding of programs (rather than entire agencies) are established on a three-year basis to allow for implementation, growth, and accountability. The next opportunity to be considered as a United Way partner agency will be in 2018. RFP (Request for Proposals) are typically announced publicly.

Only those who receive local grant funding from our organization are authorized to identify as United Way partner agencies.

If you have an interest in partnering in this way with United Way in the future and receiving grant funding from our organization, we invite you to add your organization to an “interest list” by contacting our Community Impact Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 256-518-8203.

You may also learn about the local focus of United Way of Madison County by clicking "Our Work". United Way is not likely to be able to partner, with limited resources, with every organization that aligns with our focus but this is a good place to begin. The fact that an organization does not qualify or win a grant award from United Way does not mean that there are not additional ways to work together.

Smaller funding opportunities may be available within the three-year window of investment from United Way of Madison County and, if your organization is strongly aligned with our focus, you are most welcome to contact us for more details and to learn how to be considered for those interim opportunities.

2. Working together in the community.
If your organization addresses health and human services in Madison County, Alabama, even if you are not a partner agency, there are ways you can work with us.
a) Accessing our community wide needs assessment Our Madison County community helped identify key needs in our community through the community-wide needs assessment completed by United Way of Madison County in late 2014.
b) Any nonprofit in the community, recognized by the federal government, is eligible for a FREE account on the Volunteer Center of Madison County. Learn more at thevolunteercentermc.org.
c) All health and human service nonprofits are also eligible to be considered for a FREE listing in the 2-1-1 database, managed in this community for United Way by Crisis Services of North AL. You may request a registration form to have your agency considered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 2-1-1 Application in the subject line.
d) United Way’s Leadership Social Services program provides professional development in a 10-month class designed to improve the connectivity, collaboration, and communication between members of the Madison County nonprofit sector. Classes are held one Friday a month January through October with applications accepted in September of each year. Registration information is available under Community Collaboration above!

Toolbox

The following links provide resources that will help you in your work and your service.

USING A LOGIC MODEL TO INFORM AND PLAN YOUR PROGRAM:

A logic model is a tool commonly used in grant applications with funders. It is also a current requirement in United Way of Madison County funding applications.

Becoming familiar with this tool can help you in your agency’s planning and program development and evaluation, regardless of whether you apply for United Way of Madison County funding. The logic model requirements for United Way are specific and may differ slightly from those shown in these resources but, essentially, they are very similar and these links are excellent learning tools.

ManagementHelp.org Logic Model Guide

Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

Why should I give to the Impact Fund and not the a specific agency? Do the agencies get the same amount no matter what?

Giving to the Impact Fund helps protect a safety net of services for the most vulnerable in our community, including those in immediate crisis. It also allows you to invest in long-term solutions to our most pressing community needs in the areas of education, financial stability, AND health.

All money undesignated or designated to the Impact Fund goes into the allocations to our agencies. All money designated to agencies goes directly to those agencies, and does not affect the amount of money those agencies will receive from the allocations. Any designations made to an agency will increase the amount of money that agency would otherwise receive.

What if I don't think I can afford to give?

By using United Way’s payroll deduction plan, you can invest a small amount each pay period, and see it add up to a significant gift by year’s end. Skipping just one trip to the vending machine a week can add up to almost $50, which could provide a dental cleaning to a child in need.

How do people get help from United Way?

United Way supports over 40 programs that help people every day. People looking for assistance can also contact 2-1-1 by clicking "Get Help" at the top right of this page, or dialing 2-1-1 from your phone, a United Way program run in partnership with Crisis Services of North Alabama.

What percentage of my donation is retained by United Way?

Less than eighteen cents of every dollar raised by our United Way is used for administration costs, making it one of the lowest overhead costs of any major nonprofit organization. United Way of Madison County is efficient because community support keeps costs low - including extensive volunteer leadership and in-kind donations.

Does United Way of Madison County support abortion?

We do not provide funding from the community pool for any programs that provide abortion services. However, if a donor specifically designates their gift to an agency that does provide abortions, we must honor that designtaion as long as the agency is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Get In Touch

701 Andrew Jackson Way
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 536-0745
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