Interested in local restaurant discounts? Join Caring Club.

The following information applies to Designated Gifts processed by United Way of the Coastal Empire (hereafter “United Way”).

A gift to the Community Fund at United Way is the most effective way to help those in need and ensure organizations are held accountable to the highest performance standards. In the case of a designated gift (that which is not directed to the Community Fund), donors should observe the following.


  • $100 minimum gift per nonprofit organization
  • The qualified recipient organization of a designated gift must have current IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, active registration with the Secretary of State, and provide health and human services within United Way’s geographic area (visit to verify).
  • The qualified recipient organization must provide a signed Patriot Act certification form annually to United Way.
  • A designated gift must be made at the time of the pledge and the recipient organization’s full name and address must be legible on the pledge form.
  • A designated gift does not qualify the donor for United Way’s Caring Club® benefits.
  • In the event the recipient organization is ineligible, United Way will attempt to reconcile the Designated Gift by contacting the donor, though reserves the right to re-direct the gift to the Community Fund.


  • A designated gift must be $100 or more.
  • A designated gift is subject to a 5% processing fee that will be deducted from the pledged amount to any non-United Way funded nonprofit organization. See for a current list of partners.
  • Donors’ names will be released to the recipient organization unless they request to remain anonymous by indicating so on the pledge form.
  • Recipient organizations of a designated gift may not be accountable to United Way to deliver specific client outcomes or meet financial standards.
Back To Top