With the recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood, we have received a few questions about United Way of the Brazos Valley's involvement with the organization. The short answer to this question is this: United Way of the Brazos Valley, in its 62 year history, has not provided funding to Planned Parenthood.
Some news articles and blogs have linked United Ways to financially supporting Planned Parenthood. Each United Way is a completely independent organization serving their designated community; there are nearly 1,200 United Ways in over 80 countries around the world. We are all members of United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways. United Way Worldwide does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood.
All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood (United Way of the Brazos Valley is not one of them). The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors. United Way of the Brazos Valley's current designation policy would not allow us to honor a gift should a donor request that it support Planned Parenthood, and therefore we would not be able to accept it.
United Way of the Brazos Valley is governed by a Board of 20 local volunteers. We currently provide financial support to 20 local nonprofit organizations serving the Brazos Valley region through our Community Impact Grants. Over 30 community volunteers participated in the grant review provess to make these funding decisions. Community Impact Grant funding supports programs demonstrating measurable impacts in the areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.
Should you have more direct questions, please contact Alison Prince, President & CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 696-4483 x101.