Now is about the time that companies start their United Way Campaigns. I know our parent company is really pushing it this year and is looking for 100% participation. They will even match my contribution at 50%.
If you don't specify an agency, your contribution goes into the UW General Fund and is spread out amongst the recipient agencies. Some of these you may like and some you may not. Some may even be actively working to restrict gun rights.
There is an alternative. You can designate the organization to receive the money. They don't publicize this much but you can do it. The only requirement is that the organization be a 501(c)3 non-profit.
So how can you combine the United Way with the fight for gun rights? Simple - designate your gift to go to the Second Amendment Foundation. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit and are eligible to receive United Way monies. Their ID number for the United Way is 91-6184-167-501-C3.
It is something to consider.