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We understand how important it is to choose the right organization to donate your hard-earned dollars to.
As you prepare to make any type of charitable gift, we urge you to follow the simple guidelines below.


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  • It’s a Way You Can Make a Difference – Your contribution to the United Way provides citizens and leadership training for youth and comfort, care and professional assistance for those in need.
  • It’s Cost Effective – .85 of every $1.00 you contribute to the united Way goes directly to the agencies supported through United Way.
  • It has Credibility – All agencies supported by the United Way must comply with non-profit accounting regulations. Funding requests from these agencies are reviewed by your neighbors and co-workers who serve on the United Way Board.
  • It’s Convenient – Through one pledge you can support programs and organizations that are helping to build a better community where you live and work. The paycheck deduction option offers extra convenience.
    • PayPal  –  a safe, secure & convenient  way to donate
    • Mail to:  United Way of Rice Lake P.O. Box 325 Rice Lake, WI. 54868


To help us build a better community,

consider contributing at the following levels

BRONZE $250 – $499 $500 – $999
SILVER $500 – $749 $1000 -$1499
GOLD $750 – $999 $1500 – $1999
PLATINUM Over $1000 Over $200
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1. View Your Donation as an Investment →

Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction. An investment approach to a particular group or cause will ensure a more meaningful experience for you.

2. Do Your Homework →
When selecting where to give, it is important to gather all the facts. Conducting thorough research prior to giving will help you separate legitimate charities from frauds, as well as reassure you that your donation is truly helping those who need it most. To avoid fraudulent charities, make sure your chosen charity doesn’t engage in any of the following activities:

  • Asking for cash donations
  • Sending mail appeals disguised as bills or invoices
  • Offering very little or no information on actual day-to-day operations
  • Pressuring you to give
3. Understand the Tax Benefits of Giving →

An added benefit to giving is that most charitable donations are tax-deductible. To receive a tax deduction, you will need the proper documentation when filing your income tax returns. The IRS requires a receipt for each tax-deductible contribution of $250 or more. Depending on the amount or type of your gift, you may need to provide additional documents with your tax form, such as Form 8283 for each non-cash donation exceeding $500.

4. Decide How You Will Give and How Much →

Financial donations are the most popular charitable gifts, but there are other ways to help your favorite cause. Many organizations will accept property and goods, as well as your time. There are many options on how to give, including donating directly online, by mail, through payroll deduction or through a donor-advised fund. Additionally, find out if your employer will match your charitable gift. This will even further maximize your investment.

5. Track Your Donations →

Once you have made your gift, mark your calendar with important dates of your charity’s meetings and key events for the year. These are excellent ways to see your investment at work. Also, be sure to track the dates and amounts you gave payment methods and desired uses for your gift. You should automatically receive a receipt with an acknowledgement of your gift. If you don’t, be sure to follow up. Don’t rely on a cancelled check to count as a receipt.

When you give to Rice Lake Area United Way, you are investing in our community. Thank you for helping make Rice Lake a great place to live and work!

Use PayPal to make a donation by clicking the Donate button

OR click on donation stub to print and mail your contribution



United Way Rice Lake
P.O Box 325
Rice Lake, WI 54868
☎ (715) 234-4777