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Our organization has been the recipient of donations to fulfill a pledge via the United Way. For the donor, it essentially accomplishes two things at once: it fulfills a United Way commitment and fulfills the pledge to us. You are right,. United Way does impose a "significant" administrative fee. Therefore, the receiving charity has to be certain that the donation that comes to them truly fulfills the pledge in its entirety. If the donor pledges $5000 and sends $5400 to the United Way, the charity is NOT gong to get $5000. So, the donor either has to calculate what the charity will receive after administrative fees are applied and donate to the United Way accordingly or the donor can send a separate check to the charity to match the administrative fees that were withheld. ,

Thanks for the comment.  Not all United Way programs are the same and not all donors will face a significant friction loss in using the program, but it is an important issue to consider for those intending to use the program to fulfill a pledge.  --Don Kramer

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