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Give in the way that works for you.

United Way of 1000 Lakes works to encourage and build goodwill in Itasca County and surrounding communities and ensure our community continues to thrive. You can give in the following ways:

Direct Donation

A gift to United Way 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. 

One-time Donation

Recurring Donation

Make a Pledge



Giving Communities

Through generous giving and personal commitments, giving societies are transforming lives today as we help lay the foundations for future generations.


Giving groups provide a platform to invest, connect and serve through leadership giving groups.  These communities of individuals drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children families and individuals across Itasca County and surrounding communities.


Choose a United Way giving group that is right for you:


More Ways to Give

Workplace Giving
Many of our donors choose to participate in their company or organization’s United Way Annual Campaign. Often, they make their donations through payroll deduction over the course of each year. Please check with your organization to find out about your United Way Campaign or to get started now visit Start a Campaign.

Minnesota State Employee Campaign
State of Minnesota employees can give to United Way of 1000 Lakes through the convenience of payroll deduction and support local health and human service agencies. Pledges are processed online using the State of Minnesota Employee Self Service website (manage your Charitable Deductions under the "Other Payroll" category). 

For more information, visit the Minnesota Combined Charities website. 

Federal Employee Campaign

Federal employees can donate to United Way of 1000 Lakes through the convenience of one-time donation, check or payroll deduction through the Northern Lights Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) website

To direct your gift to United Way of 1000 Lakes, please be sure to enter 22378 as the CFC Code.

Planned Giving
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. 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. 

The legal name to use in gift-planning transactions is United Way of 1000 Lakes.Our Federal Tax ID number is 41-6042589. 

Contact United Way at 218-999-7570 or email us letting know you made a planned gift.

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 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.

For information contact United Way at 218-999-7570 or by Email.

IRA charitable gifts
If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit United Way of 1000 Lakes and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. Download sample letters

Sponsorship Program
Because of generous corporate partners, United Way is able to thank, recognize, educate and train donors and volunteers, without incurring additional expenses. Learn more about the Sponsor Program. Call 218-999-7570 or email.


Thrivent Members
Are you are a member of Thrivent Financial? If so, you can direct Choice Dollars or designate Seed Grant Money to United Way of 1000 Lakes – at no extra cost to you – throughThrivent Choice" or Thrivent's Action Volunteer Program. This program allocates financial impact dollars to help kick start activities like our Day of Action or Lumberjack Mile/5K.


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