I received a letter from United Way of the Pennyrile regarding a donation that was made through a payroll deduction to Voice for the Animals Humane Society of Trigg County. Since we exist solely on donations, I was touched that this person would have thought of us.
However, I was not as thrilled with the United Way. It seems that they are keeping 3.8 percent of it for “pledge loss” and 25.02 percent of it for administration, fundraising and processing costs (in accordance with Standard M they say).
They also want me to fill out paperwork and send them information. HELLO... what are their administration and processing costs for if not to do paperwork?
As president of our humane society, I can tell you that every cent donated to us goes for taking care of animals. Nobody pays any of us for doing what we say or what is expected of us. We do not tell you we will be taking care of the animals and then use the money for ourselves.
I did fundraising when I worked for Dow in Texas one year for them. At the end of the campaign they invited me to a party to celebrate the money that had been collected. I did NOT collect for them to throw a party, I did it to help people. That is why I no longer did any fundraising for them.
Now I am on the receiving end of the donations from them and they tell me that they are keeping 28.82 percent of what someone thought they were donating to the care of animals for themselves.
If you want to donate to a specific cause, PLEASE send them the money and NOT the United Way. If you don’t want to send money to Voice for the Animals, but want to help, make a donation to the veterinarian’s office for care of abandoned animals for us, go buy animal food and drop it by, or help with construction materials to help us finish our facility. That way you know exactly what it goes for.
Ramona Hamilton, President, Voice for the Animals Humane Society