Frequently Asked Questions




United Way of SE Idaho FAQs

Why should I give to the United Way of SE Idaho?

A gift to the United Way of SE Idaho benefits the entire community. All donations are invested in SE Idaho programs that impact education, health, or financial stability. All programs are vetted extensively to ensure donor dollars make the greatest impact. Additionally, last year because of our strong reputation and vetting process, our nonprofit partners were able to leverage United Way of SE Idaho grants by 4.5 times by matching our grants with federal, local, and state grants and other funding opportunities. This means a $100 donation to the United Way of SE Idaho was worth $450 for our community last year.

Additionally, when you donate to the United Way of SE Idaho, you join a movement of over 3,000 other donors, individuals, and businesses that are committed collectively helping SE Idaho families achieve financial stability.

Is the United Way of SE Idaho a local nonprofit organization?

Yes! We are a locally incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Local leaders make up our board of directors. Our regional coverage area includes the seven SE Idaho counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power.


Do my donations stay local?

Yes! 100% of individual employee donations are invested in over 30 local programs that impact our seven-county region locally. 0% of your donation pays for our overhead. Additionally, donors may choose to "designate" all or a portion of their donation to a specific 501(c)3 organization or a United Way of SE Idaho issue area.


How does the United Way of SE Idaho pay for its overhead?

The United Way of SE Idaho is privileged to have a number of strong relationships with some of our area's largest employers as well as other national brands. Our overhead costs are paid by our generous corporate sponsors as well as through outside grants. This allows 100% of employee donations to go back to support impactful programs and United Way of SE Idaho initiatives right here in our community. 


Workplace Giving Campaign FAQs

How do I get my business or workplace involved with the United Way of SE Idaho?

If you want to create and run your own United Way campaign, please contact us at 232-1389 or via email Wendi at We are available to answer your questions and guide you in the best fit for your individual workplace campaign. You can also contact us if your business would like to be a Corporate Cornerstone Sponsor (these extremely generous companies cover our overhead costs so individuals' donor dollars can go direct to program) or sponsor our annual events.

Additionally, check out our workplace giving campaign materials here.


Community Investment Funding FAQs

How do I request community investment funding for my local nonprofit program?

United Way funding happens at the local level.  Local United Ways such as the United Way of Southeastern Idaho are independently incorporated nonprofit organizations with their own grantmaking guidelines and local volunteers who make funding decisions.  Our cycle typically begins with opening applications in November which are due in January. After that our local volunteers read the applications, meet with the agencies and determine where the need is greatest in our community in order to invest our donors’ dollars wisely. To request more information about our funding process, please call us at 232-1389 or via email at

Other FAQs

How do I seek financial assistance?

The United Way of SE Idaho does not provide financial assistance directly to individuals in need. However, we are happy to connect you with our community nonprofit partners who may provide a service you are looking for. For a list of common community resource requests, click here. You can also call 2-1-1 or go to to search for available resources for individuals in need. You may also reach out to our office at 208-232-1389 for help connecting to a local community resource.


How do I learn about volunteer opportunities in the community or get my team at work involved?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the United Way of SE Idaho.  1) Find volunteer opportunities via our partnership with JustServe here. 2) You may also call our office at 208-232-1389; or 3) Look for our weekly volunteering column in the Idaho State Journal.

If none of these responses address your concern please contact United Way of Southeastern Idaho.