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Below is a toolbox to assist donors with pledging. Simply click the topic and information will expand below.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, try our FAQ page or contact us at LiveUnited@ucf.edu or 407-823-3094.

United Way Partner Agencies (by county)

Click the link below for a list of regional partner United Way partner agencies, listed by our county United Way partners:

The United Way partner agencies are those who have applied for United Way funding to support a specific program. These programs have been vetted through a United Way community volunteer committee that reviews program effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.

Designation Options

There are four ways to align your contribution with your passion:

  1. Undesignated dollars are unrestricted donations that can be used by the United Way as they determine.
  2. United Way Focus Areas allow you to ask the United Way to use your donation to support programs that serve an area of need in our community. The areas include:
    • Education – Helping children and youth achieve their potential
    • Income – Improving financial stability
    • Health – Developing healthy children and families
    • Basic needs – Alleviating hunger and homelessness
  3. United Way Partner Agencies are vetted by the United Way (see United Way Partner Agencies above)
  4. Write-In charities are any registered charitable agency (501(c)3) that does not receive funding from the United Way and has not been vetted by the United Way.
Charity Research

Find designation information like EIN (Tax ID), public financial records, charity ratings and more using the links below. You can use these links to find more information about the United Way and more. If you have questions or need help with finding agency information, contact us.


It is the Donor’s responsibility to determine how to invest their contribution. Best donor practices include learning about the charity before donating, looking at their financial records, touring the facility, and following up after your donation to find out how your money was used.

We share the resources above and are glad to assist you in the process of finding information about charities. Donors are encouraged to make intentional, informed donations.  If you need assistance with locating charity information, contact us at 407-823-3094 or LiveUnited@ucf.edu.

Donor Budgeting

Both at UCF and in our personal lives we are approached many times by worthy causes that need our support. You can ensure your giving fits into your life goals by making an intentional donor budget. Start by outlining your passions and the total amount you are willing to invest in giving back.  Identify campaigns, events, charities, or other causes that speak to your passions and budget your annual giving appropriately.  If you have questions about establishing a donor budget, contact us at 407-823-3094 or LiveUnited@ucf.edu.

Leadership Level Giving

Each donor makes an impact – every dollar donated makes a difference for someone in our community. We are especially grateful to the Leadership Donors, who contribute more than 70% of our total each year.

($1000 and above)

Starting at only $38.50 per pay period (26 pay periods), you can be part of the United Way’s regional Leadership Club as well as being a university leadership donor. Learn more on the Heart of Florida United Way’s Leadership Club page.

Leadership Levels:

  • Bronze, $1,000-$1499
  • Pewter, $1500 – $2499
  • Silver, $2500-$4999
  • Gold, $5000-$7499


Note that some below benefits may only be available to donors whose contribution went to the United Way or its partner agencies.

  • Leadership Recognition Plaque
  • Invitation to UCF Leadership Breakfast
  • Invitation to Leadership Day at SeaWorld (with 3 guests)
  • Invitation to join Women United
  • Membership in the Leadership Society

($500 – $999)

Starting at $19.25 per paycheck (26 pay periods), you can be part of the Leadership Donor Circle at UCF.  Leadership donors make an extraordinary impact and contribute as much as 75% of our total campaign fund.


  • Certificate of Recognition from UCF
  • Invitation to UCF Leadership Breakfast
Campaign Fees & Administrative Costs

The university does not take out any administrative cost or campaign fee to support this campaign. The United Way campaign fee and administrative costs of individual charities are explained below.

Campaign Fee: When dollars are designated to a specific agency (as opposed to giving undesignated gifts to the United Way or its focus areas), there are additional state and federal requirements and paperwork. To help with the extra cost, the United Way will deduct a    campaign fee. This applies to both United Way partner agency and write-in designations.

Administrative Cost: All charitable agencies have overhead costs that include fundraising, management, and other operational expenses. These costs are levied by the agency when they receive the donation. You can find the administrative cost using the “Charity Research” section on this page. If you have questions, please contact that agency directly.

Campaign History

Total raised in our workplace giving campaign since 1990: $3,313,780.09

Total raised for United Way Campaign (since 2011): $867,962.20

  • 2017 – $124,265.00
  • 2016 – $161,179.61
  • 2015 – $166,707.69
  • 2014 – $140,494.10
  • 2013 – $145,022.41
  • 2012 – $136,533.00
  • 2011 – $154,940.00
Pledging is open in October (1st – 31st)

Early pledging opens some time in September for leadership donors and campaign advocates.

The campus-wide campaign begins on October 1st and goes through October 31st.

How to sign up as a Campaign Advocate

Campaign Advocates in departments across our campus make this effort successful. Advocates assist by providing information within their departments and ensuring every employee can make an informed decision about whether or not to give.

There are also leadership opportunities for those interested in serving on or chairing university level committees such as marketing or events.

If you’re interested in joining the team, contact us!

Campaign Drawing

Yes! We host a campaign prize drawing every year – and the earlier you pledge, the more chances you have to win!

Visit the Campaign Prize Drawing page for details.

Campaign Volunteer Awards Program

We appreciate the efforts of our campaign advocates to educate our campus community about this campaign.  Eight Advocates are chosen each year for their leadership and creativity in promoting the campaign. The first place winner receives a trophy and a $250 award sponsored by Barnes & Noble.  The awards are presented at the Employee Awards Program hosted by Human Resources.

Can we tour or volunteer with an agency to learn more about them?

Absolutely! Please contact the campaign office and we will be glad to help.

How do UCF Connect & satellite campuses participate?

The main campaign partner is the Heart of Florida United Way, which serves Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.  Understanding that employees live in other counties, we ensure our everyone can direct their contributions to support their own local communities. If an employee directs their dollars to one of the partner United Ways, there will be no campaign fee (only, however, for gifts made to the United Way itself rather than designated to its partner agencies).

If you have questions about the regional or satellite campus campaigns, you may contact our campaign office.

Can students get involved?

Absolutely! While the workplace giving campaign is focused on employees, there are many ways students can get involved. We’ve had students serve on committees (including leadership roles), serve as our campaign intern, volunteer with us, join our annual Live United Photo Shoot, assist with events, earn internships at the United Way, and more.

If you are interested, please contact us.

Please note that the major student body fundraising effort is Knight Thon, benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Knight-Thon raises more than a million dollars. Learn more about them and how to get involved at Knight-Thon.

What if I feel coerced to give or volunteer?

Participation (donating or serving as an advocate) is always optional and should never be coerced. We ask our team to ensure that every employee has the information needed to make an informed decision about giving, but the choice to give is up to you. Likewise, we ask all departments to consider having a campaign advocate; however, the choice to serve is up to you.

If you feel like you have been coerced or that you are being asked to donate or serve as an advocate when you do not wish to do so, here are some resources for you:


Why does UCF host a workplace giving campaign?

Many major employers offer the option to make personal charitable donations through payroll deduction as a benefit to their employees. This campaign educates our campus about challenges being faced in our community and empowers them to join together and make a difference. In addition, the university is committed to our community and this campaign is one of the many ways that our campus comes together to demonstrate the giving spirit of our Knight family.

We intentionally partner with the United Way for our workplace giving campaign – and in many other ways – because of its proven work for lasting solutions and services that address the most significant health and human service issues our community faces.

Can I donate to a charity that is not associated with the United Way?

Yes! You can designate to any 501(c)3 agency. You can learn more on the pledging resources page.

Note: To designate to any agency (including United Way partner agencies), there is a minimum pledge and a campaign fee of 8% for all designations.

How do I STOP getting campaign emails?

If you fill out a pledge form and either click “opt out” or make a contribution, you will be removed from the list.

You may also email LiveUnited@ucf.edu or call 407.823.3094 and let us know you would like to opt out of the system emails.