How does United Way make a difference?

United Way of Rock River Valley 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 life. We do this by recruiting people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.


What does LIVE UNITED mean?

LIVE UNITED is a call to action reminding us that no challenge is too great that it can’t be addressed by all of us working together. We all depend on each other because we all have a role in making the Rock River Valley a strong and vibrant community.


Why should I give to United Way?

For over 90 years, United Way of Rock River Valley has mobilized the caring power of our community. Your gift impacts thousands of local lives. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a neighborhood turns around, when families have good health and workers have solid jobs. Achieving our community goals requires us to work together.


Who decides where the money goes?

Non-staff, diverse group of trained, local volunteers from the Rock River Valley community devote their time to allocate funds where they will have the greatest impact. As with any good steward of contributions, United Way volunteers require all funding applicants to demonstrate measurable results for programs.


Is my United Way contribution tax deductible?

Yes. Giving to United Way entitles taxpayers who file itemized returns to a tax deduction.


Is United Way a local or national organization? 

Yes, United Way of Rock River Valley is locally governed, organized and operated by people from your community. 100 percent of your contributions to United Way go to programs and services right here in the Rock River Valley.


Does United Way ever support new programs?

Yes. Annually, United Way of Rock River Valley accepts applications from any local nonprofit. All program applications are evaluated on the results the program is achieving – both the effectiveness and efficiency of the program.


What if an agency isn’t funded this year, can they be funded next year?

Yes. Any agency program can reapply for funding. United Way staff offer support in helping programs that didn’t achieve high results to obtain better results the following year. This ensures every nonprofit a fair chance at receiving funding from United Way.


Does United Way of Rock River Valley fund Planned Parenthood?

No, United Way of Rock River Valley does not support Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and similar organizations that provide family-planning, obstetric and abortion services or abortion counseling. As a long-standing policy, United Way of Rock River Valley chooses not to fund agencies with programs or services providing direct medial services such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, health centers and other health service delivery systems. Please view our Planned Parenthood position statement for a detailed explanation.


Why Is United Way focusing on early childhood literacy?

Access to quality early childhood education set children on a path to lifelong success. Research proves that children will go on to hold skilled jobs, be financially equipped to support their families and lead healthy lives which in turn improves community conditions for all in the areas of educational attainment, employment, and crime reduction. Students who don’t read proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.


Why does United Way invest in initiatives outside of traditional agency partners?

Again, United Way is about improving life in the Rock River Valley. Whether through traditional agency partners or new collaborations, United Way invests in measurable strategies that achieve greater community impact. We will continue to provide all people access to support services they need now. But we will also unite experts and resources from all across the community to achieve real change for the future.


Will investing in specific impact strategies take dollars away from United Way agency partners?

The Community Campaign remains a vital part of supporting programs with traditional agency partners. United Way pursues alternative sources of funding for its initiatives that otherwise would not be a part of the workplace campaign. These dollars come in the form of grants and corporate support that target specific community issues. Together with dollars raised through the traditional campaign, United Way is expanding its overall resources to improve life in the Rock River Valley.


If I want to volunteer, who do I contact?

United Way of Rock River Valley operates a Volunteer Center. The Volunteer Center matches your skills and interests with projects and organizations that need your help. Visit and connect with volunteer opportunities in our community.


What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

We’d love to hear from you! United Way welcomes the opportunity to share information about the exciting work we are doing and answer any of your questions or hear suggestions. Contact us at (815) 968-5400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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