Questions and Answers

I already give my time, why should I donate?

The answer to this question is simple—if you don’t give, who will? The paid employees of Providence see first hand every day how important our work here is. We also see the great need for health care and the great need for other community support services for children and families. If we see the need and do not give, who will? We have a great opportunity—and responsibility—to be good stewards of what we have been given. Caring for the poor and vulnerable is part of our mission. It is part of what we are called to do as People of Providence.

How much should I give?

Supporting United Way and Providence General Foundation is an important and personal decision. On your contribution form, you will find two sections of giving opportunities—one for Providence General Foundation and the other for United Way. This allows you to decide to support either one or both of these mission-driven organizations. We are encouraging employees to consider joining the "I Give One Hour" Club by committing one hour of pay per pay period.  Learn more by clicking here.

How do I become eligible for the Hour Club?

Simply donate the equivalent of one hour of pay or more per pay period (1/80th of your paycheck). You can donate to Providence, to United Way, or both—as long as it equals one hour of your pay per pay period. The perks of the Hour Club include a special "I Give One Hour" badge reel, and name recognition on special Hour Club displays (located at Colby and Pacific campuses).

What payment options are available?

Both Providence General Foundation and United Way offer an easy ongoing payroll deduction option and also accept payment using a check or credit card. Recurring credit card payments are also available.  Payroll deduction gifts automatically renew each year and can be increased, decreased or stopped at any time.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Providence General Foundation & United Way are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, and your donation is fully tax deductible as allowed by the law. Payroll deducted payments do not decrease your taxable income.

Is there a minimum payroll deduction gift?

The minimum payroll deduction gift is $5 per pay period.