United Way focuses on providing the building blocks for a good life: health, education, and financial stability. With one gift, of any amount, you can effectively help the whole community. You can expect that your contribution will yield measurable results.


Give Online It's easy to improve lives in southeast Minnesota by making a gift online:

Planned Giving Planned gifts are made by anyone, at any age, at any income level. A planned gift to United Way is part of your overall estate and financial plans and carries on your legacy by helping to fulfill our mission into the future. Read more or view our Planned Giving Brochure

Caring Club The Caring Club® is a program created to thank donors who give at a set minimum level to the LIVE UNITED Community Fund. Read more.

Stock Gifts | Gifting stock instead of cash may allow you to avoid the capital gains tax and lead you to provide a gift of a greater impact. Read more

IRA Charitable Rollover |Making an IRA Charitable Rollover gift will lower your income and taxes from the mandatory IRA required minimum distributions. Read more. 

Thrivent Choice | As a member of Thrivent Financial, you are eligible to direct Choice Dollars®. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt.

Donor Designation Policy | As a service to our donors, United Way of Olmsted County will process contributions designated by the donor to a specific 501(c)3 nonprofit. United Way will forward your contribution to the chosen organization. However, unlike gifts made to United Way’s LIVE UNITED Community Fund or targeted to one of United Way’s four focus areas, United Way cannot guarantee how these funds will be used or provide oversight to report measurable results. Read more.


Giving Communities


United Way of Olmsted County's Giving Communities unite donors through their shared interests and experiences. Giving Communities gather individuals who are committed to significantly improving the quality of life in out community through focused philanthropic giving, advocacy, and volunteering

Leaders in Giving Leadership givers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things with a gift of $500 or more given to enrich the quality of our community. Read more.

Women United gathers women together who are dedicated to advancing the health and vitality of our community through annual investements, signature programs and events, and volunteerism. This group has a specific focus on improving lives of children and youth in Olmsted County. Click to Learn More.

Loyal Contributors  celebrates individuals who have given to any United Way for 10 or more years (does not have to be consecutive). Loyal contributors are champions of United Way's dedication to securing the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Olmsted County. Click to Learn More.

Tocqueville Society  recognizes individuals who have given $10,000 or more to United Way through their workplace, through a planned giving option, or through their personal inclincation. Click to Learn More.

Hope Legacy Society  honors those who have decided to leave a planned gift or who have provided a letter of intent of a future gift. Click to Learn More.