No matter how much you give, every little bit counts. When we all work together to make our community a better place, that’s when real progress is made. Join hands and open your heart; think of ‘we’ before ‘me’. United Way of SLO County raises funds locally from individuals and businesses to continue its work. We do not receive financial support from United Way Worldwide and we invest our locally raised funds into our local community – what’s raised here stays here.
Consider investing in your community through bequests, charitable gift annuities, and more. Visit the United Way’s “Ways to Give” website for more information. You can also download a brochure about United Way Charitable Gift Annuity. To discuss your interest in arranging a planned gift, donating stock or donating real estate, please contact Rick London at (805) 541-1234 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When possible, United Way accepts in-kind donations and facilitates the redistribution of items to other local nonprofit agencies for their clients. Donations generally come from one of two sources:
Individuals - individuals with items they wish to donate should contact the United Way office; we will list the donation on the Opportunity Exchange via our monthly eNewsletter and any agency that is interested in receiving the item will contact the donor directly for additional details or pick-up information.
Businesses - when we receive donations from businesses (such as overstock clothing from outlet stores) we will let our agency partners know what is available; items are picked up from our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to our limited storage options, we generally cannot directly accept donations of very large items (such as furniture) or items in very large quantities (such as multiple pallets or estate items); however we will do the best we can to help facilitate a donation directly to an agency.
Donate a Car
You can make a contribution to United Way of San Luis Obispo County by donating a used vehicle. All you have to do is contact MissionCars.com and they will take care of the rest. Their mission is to assist people in donating their vehicle, using the proceeds to benefit other ministries and nonprofits. Mission Cars will determine the value of your vehicle, and do all the work of cleaning, advertising, showing, and selling it. After it sells, they will send you a receipt for your taxes, and United Way will receive a check for half the net proceeds, and the other half goes to Alpha Academy, a local mentoring program. This is also a very real, practical way to help people who may not be able to afford the newest cars. If you’d like to donate, or would just like more information, please visit their website or call MissionCars.com at (805) 596-0258. Click here to see how easy it is to donate!