I stopped giving to United Way (UW) many years ago, after the scandal in 1992, when William Aramony, CEO of the national organization, pilfered donations to finance his luxury lifestyle. In 2004, another scandal erupted when Oral Suer, CEO of UW’s Washington, D.C. chapter, followed Aramony in being convicted of misuse of donations.
My other reason is that I want my money to go to the charities of my choice, instead of UW’s.
And so, every Fall when the UW envelopes appeared in my campus mailbox with entreaties from my university to give, I resisted the corporate pressure to conform and simply tossed the UW literature into the paper recycling bin.
I urge you to do likewise, especially if you are pro-life. In just one year United Way had given nearly $2 million to the abortion mill Planned Parenthood (PP), which already is being supported by your tax dollars. PP receives about a third of its money in government grants and contracts, which amounted to about $360 million in 2009.
Jim Graham reports for LifeNews.com, Oct. 24, 2011, that “While most United Way organizations claim they do not fund programs for abortion services, in truth, some do support Planned Parenthood or other abortion-advocate agencies. The national United Way does fund Planned Parenthood, as their website states:
No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services.
Several United Way partner agencies provide professional family and individual counseling services that include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems.
United Way funded programs through Planned Parenthood include community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education.
Nationally in 2008, local United Ways distributed an estimated $1.9 million to Planned Parenthood agencies.”
As you can read for yourself, there’s a contradiction between the first and last sentences in the statement above. United Way claims that no funds go to support abortion services but, at the same time, admits that in 2008 some $1.9 million of UW funds were “distributed” to Planned Parenthood, an agency that provides exactly those “abortion services”. Additionally, any finances being donated to PP (even if not specifically for abortion services) will free up more of their money to be used toward abortion services.
While not every state or city United Way promotes Planned Parenthood, many local United Ways not only “distribute” money to PP, they also send volunteers to PP. Nationally, the main United Way website (www.LiveUnited.org) also directs volunteers toward Planned Parenthood.
ACTION: Contact United Way at http://liveunited.org/pages/contact-us and urge it to stop promoting and funding Planned Parenthood!