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Understanding Charitable Gift Annuities

Presented by Nancy J. LaPointe

Charitable gift annuities (CGAs) are an arrangement between a donor and a nonprofit organization where the donor receives a regular payment for life based on the value of assets transferred to the organization. This allows donors to make a gift to their favorite charity, and, in return, they receive fixed payments for life. After the donor’s death, the assets are kept by the organization.

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Emergency Assistance Available for Those Impacted By Thurston County Flooding on January 7 & 8

Emergency Assistance Available for Those Impacted By Thurston County Flooding on January 7 & 8

January 11, 2022, Thurston County, Wash. — United Way of Thurston County has activated its Emergency Assistance Fund to provide immediate cash assistance to families and individuals impacted by recent flooding in Thurston County.

United Way Support Helps South Sound YMCA Weather the Pandemic Storm

Wherever they exist, YMCAs are the beating heart of the communities they serve, providing essential programs for children, seniors and entire families. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, South Sound YMCA faced considerable challenges in continuing to provide those services. Not only did demand for childcare increase exponentially as centers throughout the state closed their doors, but traditional sources of funding simultaneously dried up to an alarming degree.  

United Way Helps Senior Services Continue Providing Critical Programs Through Pandemic

When Meals on Wheels volunteers visit seniors during their rounds, they supply more than just food. As the pandemic has worn on, many recipients who were already living alone have become increasingly isolated, with few opportunities for outside socialization. The (socially distanced) moments when drivers pause to chat once the food is delivered provide a welcome chance for interaction. 

United Way and Thurston County Team Up to Provide Critical Services During Pandemic

When Thurston County received more than $15.7 million in coronavirus relief funds through the CARES Act in June, County Commissioners held a special four-hour meeting to decide how to spend the money to most effectively meet community needs. One key result: $500,000 went to United Way of Thurston County to provide nonprofit grants focusing on food, hygiene products and essential services for families impacted by COVID-19.

Women United Grant Awards Celebration

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Waterstreet Café United Way of Thurston County’s Women United will announce Women United Grant Award winners and we invite the community to attend.

Women United put out a Request for Proposal for Thurston County agencies who work in Women United’s current priority — providing resources to families with children who are currently homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless.


United Ways of Washington State

2019-2021 State Legislative Framework Adopted September 2018


United Ways of the Pacific Northwest represents 21 local United Ways in Washington committed to mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good and improve lives. Healthy families keep our communities strong. We advocate for these critical public and private investments to help build wellbeing for all families:

Volunteers Meet Community Needs in Washington State

Last year more than 6,600 adult volunteers met local needs, strengthened communities, and expanded economic opportunity through national service in Washington State. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) invested more than $33.3 million to support cost-effective community solutions, working hand in hand with local partners to empower citizens to solve problems.

United Way of Thurston County will offer Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) Training

On October 25 and 26, 2018, United Way of Thurston County will offer Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) Training to program partners. RBA is part of the new framework United Way of Thurston County is implementing for all service providers applying for UWTC funding. United Way will provide lunch both days. There is no charge to attend for agencies applying for United Way funding. We recommend this training for executive and development staff.



(how to pay fewer taxes while supporting your favorite charity and complying with IRA distribution requirements)

Presented by Nancy J. LaPointe* MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®

Older IRA owners may make tax-free donations (also known as 'charitable IRA rollovers') from an IRA directly to a qualified organization and may exclude up to $100,000 annually from gross income. These gifts would otherwise be taxable IRA distributions. This tax provision was made permanent by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.


Legacy Giving

Recently United Way of Thurston County received a generous gift from the estate of a Thurston County resident.  This heartfelt gesture was a reminder that even after we are gone, our legacy can continue for years to come.



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