A Message About United Way and Planned Parenthood

Dear Reader,

We have received several questions by members of our community as to our relationship with Planned Parenthood, spurred by recent media reports naming “United Way” as a supporter of the organization. We operate as a trusted and respected nonprofit leader in Greater Greensboro and are fully transparent as to how we steward our donor’s contributions.

United Way of Greater Greensboro does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood nor are our United Way health programs administered through Planned Parenthood. The amount directed to Planned Parenthood Health Systems as identified on our 2014 990 form is 100% designations made by a small number of individual donors. Hundreds of our donors designate to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations outside of our United Way of Greater Greensboro “partners” and we have an obligation to honor their choice.

United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood and expresses the following:

All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.

No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related issues.

Local United Way decisions to fund Planned Parenthood programs across the country focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.

I invite our community to look deeply at our work. United Way is for the community made possible by the community. The generosity of Greensboro is inspiring and I thank you for your care, concern, and continued support.


Michelle Gethers-Clark

President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro

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