Individual Giving

Through your generosity, United Way helps one in three people in our community get the help they need.

We fund more than 170 agencies in Missouri and Illinois, establish partnerships to address widespread needs, mobilize volunteers and more. Learn more about opportunities for individual giving.

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A gift to United Way of Greater St. Louis remains the most effective and efficient way to help the entire community. When you make a donation, your dollars stay in our community to help with needs as varied as the people with those needs. Your generosity helps make our region a better place for all of us. Thank you.

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Make an Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one or respected colleague through an honor or memorial gift. Such gifts not only show thoughtfulness and consideration for the individual and their family, but also help make our region a better place through United Way.

Want to get started right away?

Make your gift online and check the box “This gift is in honor/memory of someone.”

If you have questions about your honor/memorial gift, email details of your gift to Karen Gundlach at or call (314) 539-4015.

Below is some sample wording for an obituary:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to United Way. Checks should be payable to United Way of Greater St. Louis and mailed to Major and Planned Gifts; 910 N. 11th Street; St. Louis, MO 63101. Please include a note stating your gift is in memory of [name].

Make a Gift of Stock

Donating stock can be an effective and efficient method of supporting the United Way. Stock donations may enable you to increase your gift to United Way while realizing additional tax benefits for you. Check with your broker or tax advisor to determine if a stock donation makes sense for you.

When donating stock, most people simply transfer the stock directly to United Way as described below rather than selling it. This allows you to claim a charitable contribution in the amount of the average of the high and low stock price on the day of the transfer to United Way. United Way is responsible for any fees related to the sale of the stock.

Details of how to make a gift of stock.

Questions? Contact Brendan Whitt at (314) 539-4040.

Make a Planned Gift

For many people, philanthropic giving is a lifelong commitment that provides both personal satisfaction and financial benefits. In addition to planting a seed that will continue to grow for generations to come, there are financial incentives that may apply to planned giving.

A charitable planned gift is the result of careful and thoughtful structuring of one’s estate to benefit one or more charitable organizations. Such a gift is commonly asset-based rather than from current income and often involves a planning process utilizing the services of legal and financial professionals (i.e., estate and tax-planning attorneys, accountants and investment advisors). A planned gift can be given in many ways, including cash, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement plans, bequests, appreciated property, charitable gift annuities and donor advised funds.

Want to get started right away?

Download the planned giving brochure.

The legal name to use in gift-planning transactions is United Way of Greater St. Louis, Inc. Our Federal Tax ID number is 43-0714167.

Let us know you made a planned gift for recognition in United Way’s Endowment Program and Legacy Society.