Designating Your General (Regular Buffalo) Campaign Pledge

Donations made directly to our United Way, or our focus areas, make the greatest impact in our communitybecause allocations are directed to several locally funded programs that address the most significant needs in the areas of Education, Health & Wellness, and Income.

Contributors, however, may still wish to designate all or a portion of their gift to another charitable organization.  Our United Way does not charge a processing fee, therefore, to help minimize the cost efforts on handling designations, we have compiled a list as a courtesy to our donors, which shows numerous Health and Human Service* 501(c)(3) charities*** in the local WNY area (code # is optional and specific to the United Way of Buffalo General Campaign).  See additional information below.

If you wish to donate to an agency in addition, or other than to the United Way, see the 2017 General Campaign List of Charities** by Clicking here

* The following are some examples of Health and Human Service categories
Abuse, Violence Family Counseling, Support, Well-being Life Skills (Communication, Literacy, etc.)
Aging, Elderly, Seniors Food and Nutrition Medical and Biomedical Research or Treatments
Basic Human Needs (Food/Water, Clothing, Shelter) Food Safety Mental, Psychological, Behavioral Health
Child Abuse, Advocacy, or Welfare Grief Counseling Occupational or Physical Therapy
Child Care, Development, or Education Health and Wellness (Human) Physical Disabilities
Community Action, Living, Outreach, Well-being Health Care: Access, Cost, Quality, Resources, Safety Rehabilitation or Transitional Services
Criminal Case Management Home Health or Adult Day Care Residential Counseling or Management
Crisis & Emergency Intervention, Management, Services Housing and Emergency Shelter Social Service, Social Work, Social Well-being
Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Income (Economic Well-Being, Financial Stability) Substance Abuse (Drug and/or Alcohol)
Disease: Control, Diagnosis, Prevention, or Treatment Job and Employment Services Therapeutic Assistance
Drug or Medical Safety Juvenile Offender Services Youth and Adolescent Services
Education (Schools, Schooling, Systematic instruction)



The above mentioned list of charitable agencies, a service to our donors, is discretionary and subject to change without notice.  Because of the vast number of existing and growing charities, not all may be displayed.  The Donor Choice Program is not intended to endorse or promote an agency, or for the payment of association or membership dues/fees. Organizations must provide a direct public Health or Human Service* (category examples shown above), and be currently eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions under section 501(c)(3)*** of the Internal Revenue Code, and located in the Continental United States.  If a charity is not already (pre)registered and approved to receive contributions with this United Way, additional processing time may be required and agency is subject to eligibility and individual response.  PLEASE NOTE:  TOTAL CHARITY DESIGNATIONS OF LESS THAN $100 will have a delay in payment, based on collection processes and the standard bi-monthly minimum distribution amount.

The SEFA - State Employees Federated Appeal (employees paid by NYS) agency name, number, and annual eligibility are NOT interrelated or interchangeable to any content on this page or agency list, as application requirements, acceptance, and policies are separate from the United Way General Campaign.  SEFA prohibits designating to an organization not currently shown in their directory or website.  Please see the current SEFA directory for agency eligibility, number selection, and information.

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS:  Charities that receive contributions through United Way donors (including SEFA) do NOT issue tax receipts.  Please retain your pledge form or confirmation, and in addition, your acknowledgement/thank you letter that the United Way (Niagara Frontier SEFA) may send to you for your gift.  For information regarding tax deductions and your contribution, please contact your tax preparer.  Helpful IRS information could include IRS Publication 526 or IRS Publication 1771

***501(c)(3) exempt description:  A charitable organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions; is not organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and none of its earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; and is restricted in political and legislative (lobbying) activities (more information can be found on

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