In response to recent news articles, we have fielded questions from several people asking if we fund Planned Parenthood. In addition, we've seen images circulating on social media that align the United Way network with funding of that organization.
We appreciated the opportunity to clarify the issue with these individuals and want to share the same information for everyone on our website:
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County does not fund Planned Parenthood. A complete list of our funded partners can be found here.
What you can do
As a supporter of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, we hope that you will help us by educating others about the great work we are doing to strengthen the Education, Income and Health of our community. Get an overview of our work here and the latest information from our recent Annual Report.
In addition, if you do see the image to the right (or similar) posted on social media, and feel comfortable doing so, please help to dispel the misinformation by sharing the link to our funded partners.
This information was provided to us by United Way Worldwide:
United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood.
All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.
No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems.
Local United Way-funded Planned Parenthood programs focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.