River Cities United Way






What is United Way?

River Cities United Way is a local run non-profit organization. As of 2015 statistics, your local River Cities United Way organization is part of a national network of approximately 1,200 United Way agencies, each of which is totally independent in both operation and control. Originally organized to coordinate fundraising activities among local charities, the role of United Way agencies has expanded over the years. It is now a leader in helping to create partnerships among organizations, to identify the gaps in essential services within the community, and to actively seek ways to fill those gaps and improve the lives of children, families and seniors throughout the community.

United Way raises funds to invest in other nonprofit agencies within the service area. It provides no social services itself and keeps no money beyond what is required for administration.   (top)


When was River Cities United Way Incorporated?

River Cities United Way was incorporated in 1974. (top)


What is United Way World Wide?

As totally independent, locally-controlled organizations, each local United Way is only voluntarily affiliated with United Way Worldwide. Approximatley 1% of each year's total pledges is sent to the national organization as dues to pay for research information, national advertising, training, networking between local United Way agencies, resource materials and other free services to the local communities.  (top)



If I have a question about United Way, whom should I call?

Our toll free phone number is 877-855-8318 and we have offices in Bullhead, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City. Please contact your nearest office.  (top)



If I need services or other assistance, whom should I call?

You can call any of our Partner Agencies directly.  Alternatively, you may call 2-1-1, a service of Community Information & Referral.  (top)



If I want to volunteer my time, whom should I call?

Please call the office you wish to volunteer for.  (top)



How can I make the greatest impact on issues facing our community?

You can make the greatest impact on important issues facing our community by donating to United Way's Our Comnunity's Impact Fund. This fund creates long-lasting impacts for those that need it most in our community -- children, families and seniors. Your donation to Our Community's Impact Fund stays in our community.

Your gift suports programs that help ensure local children enter school with the tools they need to succeed; help ensure local families have the resources they need to remain economically self-sufficient and that their members are safe and free from violence; and help our community's seniors remain active and independent by maintaining their physical, social and econmic well-being.  (top)



Does United Way focus its efforts in any particular area?

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on Education, Income, and Health -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.  (top)



Why should I make my gift through United Way instead of giving directly to agencies of my choice?

The United Way system provides you with an easy, effective and efficient method for meeting your charitable goals. It offers something unique, a proven method to join with others to identify the human care issues that matter most, develop a plan and get results. United Way brings our community together to do the things that none of us can alone.  Working together, United Way creates community solutions that improve Education, Income, and Health.

The United Way system offers you an opportunity to meet your charitable goals through Payroll Deduction - in increments, instead of all at once. Click here to donate to River Citied United Way  today!  (top)



What is the Qualified Charitable Organization Fund? (formally "Working Poor")

The Qualified Charitable Organization Fund was established in 1996 by the Arizona Legislature and helps provide working poor individuals with the tools they need to help themselves. Contributions to the Helping the Working Poor Fund may be eligible for a state tax credit. Consult your tax advisor for details. Click Here to donate to River Cities United Way today!  (top)



I have heard that United Way has various administrative costs. Why is that?

Administrative costs associated with running this year's campaign is 8.6%. This figure is verified in United Way's Annual Financial Statements.  The percentage is very reasonable when compared to comparable nonprofits. National monitoring agencies recommend that charitable organizations spend a maximum of 25 to 40 perfect of funds raised for administrative and fund-raising costs. We created Corporate Cornerstone to help offset administrative expenses.  (top)



I have heard that United Way dollars leave our community. Why does this happen?

United Way stands by its policy of donor designation. Donors have the right to designate their gift to any IRS certified 501(c)(3) organization of their choice. When donors specifically request that their gift go to one such agency, United Way is obligated to send it there regardless of where the agency is located.  (top)



Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?

Yes, if you itemize. There are certain limitations, so you should consult with your tax advisor. United Way will provide a receipt required by the IRS for any donation.  You may also be eligible for an Arizona State Tax Credit of up to $200 when you designate to the Qualified Charitable Organization Fund.  Please consult your tax advisor for details on how you can take advantage of this opportunity. Click Here to donate to River Cities United Way today!  (top)



Who runs our United Way?

United Way is ran by a diverse 12 to 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. The board, Finance Committee, and local area Advisory Committees meet regularly to ensure that every dollar contributed to United Way is speant wisely, efficiently and accounted for properly.  (top)



When my pledge is deducted from my paycheck, where does my money go?

Your firm sends funds deducted from your paycheck to United Way. United Way, in turn, invests these funds in cost-effective programs through Our Community's Impact Fund or to an agency that you designate. Funds given to Our Community's Impact Fund or designated to one of the focus areas are allocated to local non-profit organizations through a competitive bidding process to ensure that the best, most-effective organizations receive your funds.  (top)



What happens if I change jobs while giving through payroll deduction?

Your payroll deduction stops when you become employed by another company. When you begin your new job, ask for a new United Way pledge form. Many employers provide pledge forms and information about United Way to new employees and transferees.  If your new employer does not have a United Way payroll deduction plan, please call River Cities United Way toll free at 877-855-8318.  (top)



If I become unemployed sometime after making my pledge, am I obligated to pay my entire pledge?

No, you are not obligated to pay the balance of your pledge if you become unemployed. While we hope you will not become unemployed, the United Way system is in place to assist you in finding job placement, re-employment training, and other supportive services for you and your family should this occur.  (top)



As a contributor, do I have choices about whom my gift will help?

Yes, it's your pledge, and it's your choice! You have several choices when you complete your pledge card. Through our Community's Impact Fund, you will do the most with your caring by making an impact on the issues affecting our community the most: Education, Income, and Health.

Some contributors choose to direct their gift to an IRS qualified organization of their choice. You may choose to designate your gift to any IRS certified 501(c)(3) organization that you personally care about.  (top)



Can I donate stock and other securities to United Way?

Yes, United Way welcomes this kind of gift. Each year, several individuals and families support critical community services and often derive tax benefits by making gifts of stocks and other securities. Please call Lyn Demaret at 928-855-6333. We will be happy to answer your questions and will work with you when you are considering making a gift, or an additional gift, this way.  (top)



How can I continue to give to United Way after I retire?

Many contributors continue to support United Way after they retire, and we hope you will too. The United Way system maintains life long partnerships with donors through the Continuum of Giving program a broad array of giving options including Philanthropic Funds, gifts of appreciated stock, special gifts and a variety of planned giving opportunities. Your generiousity of time, resources, and skills is also appreciated. United Way wants to continue partnering with you in making a significant difference in the lives that need it most. Through your continued leadershipo, United Way makes it happen. Please contact Lyn Demaret at 928-855-6333 for more informaiton.  Click Here to donate to River Cities United Way today!  (top)



Do people ever include a gift to United Way when they make a will?

Yes, many donors wish to continue their support of United Way. One way to do so is to include United Way in your will. Please contact Lyn Demaret at 928-855-6333 for more information about a broad variety of planned-giving opportunities.  (top)



How much of my gift goes to programs and services?

Approximately 91 cents of every dollar contributed to Our Community's Impact Fund or Community Impact Areas are used to create lasting change in the lives that need it most today and for generations to come.  (top)



Who determines United Way's professional salaries?

United Way's volunteer Finance Committee, Advisory Committees and Board of Directors monitor the salary and benefits of all paid staff including the President/CEO. The Board is responsible for ensuring that salaries and benefits are in line with other positions having comparable responsibilities in the community.  (top)



Does United Way monitor its funded human services partners to ensure they are using my gift wisely?

Yes. Community Impact Volunteers review each Funded Partner's extensive reports and financial audits. Staff and Volunteers monitor those partners to ensure that funds are used efficiently and effectively to create lasting outcomes in the lives that need it most. United Way volunteers require their Funded Partners to use client outcomes to measure their success in helping people.  (top)



What is United Way's policy on firms coercing employees to contribute?

United Way actively discourages any form of coercion in the workplace or anywhere else. Employees and other individuals are encouraged to contribute voluntarily.  (top)




22,685 people were helped saving $2.1M on prescription medication, an average of 41%.


13 K-12 students received dental referrals, 6 (47%) of which required additional work. The program saved those families an average of $109.79 per claim. 3 students received medical or vision care at an average cost of $83.33.


48 volunteers working 192 hours delivered oral health education and smile kits to 1,272 Kindergarteners, in 53 classrooms, at 20 schools, in 8 communities across 2 counties.

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94 attendees completed the 4-hour workshop covering budgeting and savings. 100% of attendees surveyed after 6-months, reported an improved financial situation.


20 volunteers working 140 hours assisted in preparing and submitting 263 tax returns at 5 sites, saving 2 communities $65,750 in filing fees.





The following companies are $5,000+ Corporate Cornerstone Givers, which covers administrative costs associated with operating our offices.

2016-2017 Campaign

Special Thanks to UniSource for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way
Special Thanks to Mohave State Bank for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way
Special Thanks to Havasu Regional Medical Center for being a Corporate Cornerstone Contributor to River Cities United Way

Thank you also to our Pillar Society Donors.

Interested in adding your company to the list? Please Contact Us
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce
Needles Chamber of Commerce

Kingman Chamber of Commerce

Laughlin Chamber of Commerce

McMullen Chamber of Commerce

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits


Internal Revenue Service

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