Frequently Asked Questions Women United

What is Women United?

Mission: Women United maximizes women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions, and strengthening our community through the impact of collective giving to support human services. We are committed to:

  • Providing informative events that build relationships among women who are united in their commitment to enhance the community
  • Creating and cultivating an inclusive membership of women through formal gatherings and smaller events
  • Establishing a Collective Fund through Memberships to support a community project chosen by an educational and voting process
  • Stimulating increased philanthropic giving for human services in our community

How can I participate in Women United?

All participants must be women who are at least registered as Contributing Members. There are additional membership options available for both individuals and businesses, so click here to view our Membership page. We also welcome members to join one of our Committees.

How does Women United partner with United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area?

Women United was established by community women in partnership with United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. United Way provides support services such as staffing, mailing, computer, telephone, and accounting for Women United, but receives no contributions from Women United.

Giving to Women United does not represent giving to United Way. United Way provides information and expertise about local needs and programs to Women United, but does not determine how Women United funds are spent. Only Donor Members can vote on funding decisions.

How will my Women United donor gift be used?

Women United Donor Gifts will establish and encourage the growth of the Women United Collective Fund, which supports human service needs in our community. Donor Members will research options on proposed uses of the Fund and will determine, by voting, allocation of the Fund.

Can I direct my Women United gift to a specific charity?

No. Women United gifts must go to the Women United Collective Fund. Donor Members will research options on proposed uses of the Fund and will determine, by voting, allocation of the Fund.

What are the benefits for participating in Women United?

Women United benefits its Members as it benefits the community. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Get to know women from many walks of life who care about the community
  • Learn about the community (needs, organizations, programs, people) and how to give wisely
  • Tailor their involvement to fit personal circumstances and priorities
  • Be a force for change through sound giving