But there is another reason to be wary about giving UWCI your contributions. UWCI has deeply involved itself in political advocacy and is using your charitable contributions to fund that activity. Here on the UWCI's web page is their "2013 Public Policy Advocacy Agenda."
That Agenda starts out innocently enough recounting general goals, then it gets to the nitty gritty of what the organization will do with your charitable contributions:
Advocacy effortsThe increasing need for assistance in our communitydemonstrates that the need for public policy change is greaterthan ever. In addition to our programs and the work of nearly100 partner agencies, United Way advocates for policiesthat support our four priorities and create opportunities tostrengthen the community.
To achieve policy change, United Way isleading advocacy efforts in support of:
•Policies that recognize early learning as an essentialcomponent to a child’s educational success and aninvestment in our community’s future, including:
›policies that improve the quality of childcare available for working families.
›mandatory full-day kindergarten for allIndiana children.
›state-supported community-basedpreschool programs.
›standard kindergarten assessment.
›policies that preserve critical programs forlow-income families to ensure that childrenhave access to health screenings.
•Policies that strengthen the nonprofit sector andcommunicate the range of services and support thatnonprofits provide the community.
United Way is also engaging advocatesto support:
•Policies that provide transportation options forindividuals and families in United Way of CentralIndiana’s six-county region.
•Sustained funding for effective and efficienthuman services programs that serve our mostvulnerable citizens.
*Universal access to and government funding for 2-1-1.
•Community meetings of stakeholders to discusseducation issues, reinforcing that schools belongto the entire community.
•Policies and programs that help children stay in school.
•Policies that aim to improve the overall health ofHoosiers and ensure healthier workplaces and schools.
•Policies that ensure children and young adults haveaccess to opportunities allowing them to becomefinancially independent and financially stable adults.
•Immigration reforms that reflect a spirit of inclusionand respect for individuals and families.
I highly doubt that the people making charitable contributions intend for that money to be directed to pet causes of those setting the United Way of Central Indiana's "public policy agenda." And who are those people. UWCI provides a list of its Public Policy Subcommittee members:Lawrence BarclayCivic Volunteer
Joseph CalderonPartner, Real Estate Group,Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Sue Anne GilroyExecutive Director, St.VincentHospital Foundation, Inc.
Jane HenegarExecutive Director, American CivilLiberties Union of Indiana
Nancy HolleCivic Volunteer
Dan HoytCivic Volunteer
Laura Schenkel JohnsonPolitical Programs Manager,Indiana Association of Realtors
Mark MilesCEO, Hulman & Company
Doran MorelandPresident, Exponent Strategies, LLC
Karega RauschIndianapolis Director,Stand for Children
Michael Rosiello - ChairAttorney, Barnes& Thornburg LLP
Dennis SassoSenior Rabbi
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Michael SchultzPartner, Parr Richey Obremskey
Frandsen & Patterson
Ron StiverSr. Vice President of Engagementand External Affairs, IU HealthNinad ThanawalaYouth Board InternFishers High School