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United Way of Westchester and Putnam has strict privacy practices. No personal information is sold, rented or traded to third parties. United Way of Westchester and Putnam recognizes the importance of protecting the information, including from online and offline donors, that we may collect from visitors to our site. Our policy is to use the information we acquire from visitors to our sites for internal purposes only, and we maintain appropriate security measures to keep this information private. Your browser, however, does automatically tell us the type of computer and operating system you are using.

Users can visit the site without revealing any information about themselves. If one chooses to give us personal information via the Internet for the purposes of correspondence or providing a subscription to a publication, then it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information.

If users tell us that they do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact, we will respect those wishes.

UWWP takes precautions to keep the user information disclosed to us secure, and such information will not be disclosed to third parties. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.

Use of Cookies

United Way of Westchester and Putnam uses third party software, like google analytics, which may use cookies. A cookie is a small string of text that a web site can send to your browser. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive, pass on computer viruses, or capture your email address. Currently, web sites use cookies to enhance the user’s visit; in general, cookies can securely store a user’s ID and password, personalize home pages, identify which parts of a site have been visited, or keep track of selections in a “shopping cart.” Cookies help us understand which parts of our web sites are the most popular, where our visitors are going, and how long they spend there. We use cookies to study traffic patterns on our site so we can make the site even better.

Cookies were originally designed to help a web site distinguish a user’s browser as a previous visitor and thus save and remember any preferences that may have been set while the user was browsing the site. It is possible to set your browser to inform you when a cookie is being placed – this way, you have the opportunity to decide whether to accept the cookie. If you are just browsing our site and are not a registered user, you do not have to accept a cookie and you can still continue browsing the site. However, if you are visiting a site where you will be accessing a confidential account, you must accept that site’s cookies because they are essential for site administration and security.

Website Terms and Conditions

This website is offered to you, the user, conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

This website is for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, adapt, license, create derivative works from, translate, sell any information, products or services obtained from this website, nor reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of this site unless authorized by United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

As a condition of your use of this website, you warrant to United Way of Westchester and Putnam that you will not use this website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices.

The information, products, and services published on this website may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Improvements and/or changes may be made to this website at any time. United Way of Westchester and Putnam makes no representations about the suitability of the information, products, and services contained on this website for any purpose.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Data Security

Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and unauthorized alteration of Personal Data.  All sensitive information provided by Authorized Users as well as the pages they are entered on such as registration forms and the like, are encrypted to industry standards.

Payment Options and Processing Fees

United Way works hard to make donating easy for you. In order to make online transactions secure, we must use a site which charges us slightly higher fees than other payment options. Here is a list of all of your payment options and related fees:

  • Online payments: United Way is charged a 4% processing fee. Click here to donate online.
  • Direct Credit Card Payments: United Way is charged 2.5% to 3%. Payment this way can be made through an annual appeal response card, at an event, or by calling 914-997-6700 ext. 708.
  • Securities: United Way is charged $7-$15 per trade.
  • Check: United Way has very small bank processing fees which averages at .16%. Please make checks out to and send to our local lockbox:

United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Box 8000, Department 952
Buffalo, NY 14267-0002.

IRS Rules on Year-end Gifts.

Contributions are deductible in the year made to the extent permitted by law. For example, donations charged to a credit card before December 31st count toward that calendar year, even if the credit card bill isn’t paid until sometime in January. Also, checks postmarked on or before December 31st count toward that calendar year, regardless as to when they are received in our office. To be safe, plan on making credit card donations before 5pm the last business day of the year.

Stock Donations

It is United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s policy to liquidate all contributions of securities once received at its brokerage account. Due to market fluctuations, the value of the stock on the date the securities are donated and the date of liquidation/settlement vary; therefore all contributions are acknowledged using the value of the stock on the date of liquidation/settlement less the broker fees. In addition, United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s administrative processing fee applies only to designated contributions, as explained below apply.

Designated Contributions Fee Schedule

A handful of our donors elect to give to their favorite charity through a contribution to United Way. These contributions are subject to an administrative processing fee. The fee is 10% with a maximum of $250 per designation.

Financial Reporting and Publication of Donations

United Way of Westchester and Putnam lists certain contributors as required by IRS law in its IRS 990 annual filing. Additionally, it lists contributors not requesting to be listed as “Anonymous” in its Annual Report to the Community.  The 990 is filed with the office of the Attorney General, and both documents are available at, and upon request, may also be obtained by calling UWWP at 914-997-6700 ext. 708 or at the UWWP office at 336 Central Park Avenue, White Plains or from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at or 28 Liberty Street, NY, NY 10005 or by calling 212-416-8401. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law. Donors wishing to be listed as “Anonymous,” should contact 914-997-6700 ext. 737.