Voluntary Giving Policy

An individual’s choice of whether or not to contribute, as well as how much to contribute, is at the very basis of the United Way philosophy. The following principles outline United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s commitment to voluntary giving:

  • Any use of pressure or coercion is unethical, and does far more harm to our organization and those we serve than any short-term gains it may produce.

  • While 100% participation can be a fun statistic to celebrate, ask that donors participate to help make a difference not as part of a quota.

  • Contributing to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore should be presented as an opportunity to help the community.

  • The most effective workplace campaigns are the result of employee education about United Way and its agencies. 

  • All donations are valued, but did you know that an annual donation of $5 or less has a larger impact if paid via cash or check. 

  • Payroll deduction allows donors to give as they feel they are able to per pay period. UWLES encourages CEOs and management teams to inform all of their employees of this option.