Did You Know

100% of your donation stays in Ogle County.
Every dollar invested in United Way stays here in Ogle County. We believe in taking care of our own and we want to build a thriving community where we all live, work and raise our families. We are required to send 1% of campaign revenue to United Way of Worldwide, however, a local trust and board members have designated their donations to cover this expense.

United Way supports what you believe in.
Since each local United Way is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that is locally controlled and governed, United Way of Ogle County reflects the values of our community. Sometimes a United Way in another city or state may have funded a cause or a charity that many people in our community would not support. No need to worry that gifts will go to that charity. All United Way gifts, will stay in Ogle County to support 1 out of every 3 residents.

Even a small gift can make an impact.
No matter how much you choose to invest; you will be helping to improve the lives of families in Ogle County.  There is no gift too small. In fact, the annual campaign in Ogle County is made up of thousands of small gifts.  We don’t have large donors writing giant checks, we are supported by hard working people who support us with thousands of small gifts. Even a small amount makes a difference.

Why give to United Way instead of a specific agency?
An investment to the United Way will assure the availability of an entire network of human services.  For example, a homeless family needs food, clothing, and shelter.  If you give to a specific agency you can make this happen.  But, what if the family also needs job training, daycare, and counseling to leave the shelter?  No single agency can meet all the needs of this family.  United Way makes sure all these services are available, from the temporary bed to the long-term solution.

Additionally, UWOC provides program oversight.  United Way staff and volunteers provide rigorous program oversight year-round. This includes agency visits ensuring program compliance and progress, as well as financial reviews.

United Way operates at a high rate of efficiency.
No one wants their donation going to overhead and operating expenses.  That is why United Way of Ogle County runs a very lean organization with only two full-time staff members. 

United Way runs programs to support our community.
Beyond the annual campaign, UWOC works to make our community stronger with programs to serve those in need.

  • United Way 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers with free, confidential information and referrals for community services within Ogle County. 
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a program funded by United Way of Ogle County. This program provides a free book a month to children living in Ogle County from birth to age 5.