What is United Co-op Appeal (UCA)?
UCA is a workplace giving program that raises funds for cooperative development through payroll deductions and administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation. UCA is an available option to any organization with an interest in supporting the work of cooperative organizations, and who wants to offer their employees more giving options. Since it was established in 1992, it has raised over $2 million dollars that supported cooperative development projects.
How does it work?
Like all workplace giving programs, a campaign is held in the Fall of each year to collect pledges for contributions that will be deducted from employee paychecks through the following calendar year. In some organizations UCA may be the only workplace giving program that is available to employees. In other organizations UCA will be offered in combination with another workplace giving program like United Way, America’s Charities, etc. All organizations hosting the campaign collect their employees’ one-time donations and collect funds throughout the calendar year from their employees’ payroll deductions and send checks to CDF on a periodic basis. CDF then disburses the contributions to recipient groups.
- Host organizations offer UCA as an option to their existing workplace giving program, or begin one with UCA. Host organizations can also apply to receive funds.
- Participant organizations receive funds raised from the UCA campaign.
In return they:
a) Host UCA within their organizations, and
b) Attempt to recruit 3 additional organizations to host UCA.
What % of the funds raised are available to recipient organizations?
100% of every dollar contributed goes to recipient organizations thanks to both the generosity of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation and the Cooperative Development Foundation. Nationwide Insurance Foundation provides CDF with a grant to cover most of the administrative costs and CDF has waived its administrative fee and covers any additional costs associated with the UCA campaign.
Who can host the UCA campaign?
Any organization with an interest in supporting both domestic and international cooperative development. Also, an organization who has an existing workplace giving program, or is interested in setting one up.
Five reasons you should host UCA:
- UCA gives your employees the satisfaction of helping people through a workplace donation.
- UCA helps you broaden your employees’ understanding of cooperatives and engenders their pride in being part of the cooperative community.
- UCA is compatible with other workplace giving programs that may support your local non-profit organizations.
- UCA is a great investment! 100% of the UCA contribution goes to the recipient organization!
- UCA is easy to administer.
Who is Eligible to be a UCA Recipient Organization?
All organizations engaged in cooperative development that are either a 501(c)(3) non-profit, or have a Fiscal Agent that is a qualified 501(c)3 non-profit.
What are the requirements to participate in UCA?
There is no fee for participating.
- All Host organizations complete UCA registration.
- All Participant organizations offer the UCA campaign to their own employees.
- All Participant organizations complete the UCA application.
- All Participant organizations are required to attempt to recruit at least 3 organizations to host the UCA campaign (with assistance from CDF).
Why should you participate in the UCA campaign?
- It’s a source of unrestricted funds. As you know, it gets harder every day to find sources of contributions that aren’t restricted by donors for specific uses. The contributions you receive from the United Co-op Appeal campaign can be used to cover operational costs or other funding priorities of your organization. See list of initiatives from 2013 recipients.
- Your recruitment of hosts for UCA can increase your portion of the total funds raised.
- It’s also an opportunity to get more visibility for your organization and the work you do. The UCA campaign materials will be distributed to all Host and Participant organizations and they are also posted on the CDF website.
What are key dates for UCA?
September – December, 2013: Organizations hold their annual workplace giving programs.
December 31, 2013: Most workplace giving programs close at this time so payroll deductions can be set up for the next year.
January 13, 2013: CDF receives pledge forms and checks for the amount of one-time donations from host organizations.
January-December, 2014: Payroll deduction checks are sent to CDF on a quarterly basis.
To learn more click on these links:
- 2013 UCA Recipients
- 5 Reasons Why You Should Host the United Co-op Appeal
- Host Registration
- Participant Application
- Frequently Asked Questions