What is a United Way Campaign?


Each year, we see United Way volunteers and staff members put on their campaign hats and venture out to raise money for the organization. Most of us attend meetings at our places of business, and many of us generously open our hearts and wallets. We do this with confidence, knowing that our money will go toward a “good cause.” We know United Way does “good things” for the community. But how much do we really know about the organization and about how our donations are being spent?

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County (UWSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in San Antonio and Bexar County by addressing critical human needs. The organization is unique in that we collaborate with 69 non-profit partner agencies to affect positive changes in our community as efficiently as possible. When non-profit organizations work together, not only can more good be accomplished, but also the cost of fundraising is dramatically reduced, leaving more money for what is important—helping people.

In fact, 93.6 cents out of every dollar donated to United Way goes to help people. Volunteers from around the county visit United Way’s non-profit partner agencies to evaluate their effectiveness and make funding recommendations to the United Way board of directors.


Our goal is to help people move from challenges to success and build a stable life. Like your business, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is about partnerships, setting goals, efficiency and accountability. Here’s why a partnership with United Way makes sense:

  • It is a sound investment for your company. United Way’s knowledge of the community ensures contributions are channeled to where the needs are greatest.
  • United Way can help you develop a customized fundraising campaign that aligns with the values and interests of your organization and your employees. We also offer training and support in building your fundraising team and running a great campaign.
  • Convenience and affordability in giving options such as payroll deduction and electronic pledging.
  • We process all donations, eliminating the need for a third party pledge processor that lacks the ability to bring year-round, community-wide recognition to you and your employees.
  • When your employees donate to United Way, 100% of their gift will be invested in 137 programs to help those in need.
  • Special recognition benefits for donors who give $500 and more annually.
  • Direct engagement opportunities available through our various Giving Societies