Considerations & Guidelines
The questions below are an example of the questions that will be asked when reviewing a donation request or sponsorship opportunity. We hope this is helpful in evaluating whether or not to submit a request.
- Is the request or organization addressing an unmet need in the community?
- Is it reaching an appropriate number of people for the size of the donation?
- Will supporting the request directly impact the lives of guests who shop in our stores, or an area of support identified by our leadership team?
- Have we already contributed to the organization in the recent past/current fiscal year?
- Is it a family or youth-oriented event?
- Is it for an organization that we have supported in the past?
- Does the organization have 501(c)(3) status, a viable board of directors and a track record of meeting important needs in their community?
- Is the work that this organization does in the community well known? Does it have a good reputation and strong volunteer support?
- Do the values and mission of the organization align with the basic philosophies of The United Family?
- Social Services
- Quality of Life
- Is the event/project meaningful and impactful?
Guidelines to Consider
Our community impact program supports:
- Organizations impacting the fight against hunger
- Children’s organizations – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, etc.
- Schools (elementary through university level)
- Social service organizations – shelters, advocacy centers, crisis organizations, Red Cross
- Arts organizations – ballet, symphony, museums, etc.
- Health support and research organizations – March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, etc.
- Military Support – Aid to soldiers, local military events
Our community impact program is unable to support:
- For-profit organizations
- Third-party organizations raising funds for a nonprofit organization we already support (e.g., sorority/fraternity fundraisers or 1-800 companies selling ads on football posters)
- Sponsorships to individuals (e.g., beauty pageant contestants, all-star players, student council trips, foreign exchange trips, etc.
- All-Star, select, travel or competition youth sports
- Individual youth athletes
- Political Parties, Candidates or Causes
- Multiple events/requests by a single organization
- High school or college yearbook ads
- National- or state-level events that don’t impact areas where we have stores