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Make an impact through your contribution.


Generosity comes in many forms. Whether you’re making a gift through your IRA or as part of your planned legacy, your generous support is helping to create a stronger, equitable community. United Way of Lake County is committed to working alongside our community partners to ensure every individual and family has the opportunity to thrive. Your gift supports that commitment.

Read more below about the many ways you can make a difference.

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Credit Card and Mobile Pay

Make a recurring or one-time contribution via credit card or mobile pay, including PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay and ACH (bank transfer).

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To donate by check, please make the check payable to United Way of Lake County.

Please mail to:
United Way of Lake County
Attn: Robert Szarzynski
330 South Greenleaf Street
Gurnee, IL 60031

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Stock or Securities

Donating stock presents a unique opportunity to contribute to your community while also reaping personal benefits. Securities and mutual funds that have appreciated over one year are commonly utilized for this purpose. (Tax ID/EIN# 36-2167949)

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IRA Charitable Rollover

Using your traditional IRA to make a charitable gift to United Way of Lake County offers you the opportunity to play a role in strengthening our communities across Lake County while also receiving important personal tax benefits. If you are at least 70 ½ years old, you can make an annual contribution of up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified nonprofit organization such as United Way of Lake County. Couples who each have an IRA may rollover up to $100,000 per year from each IRA. Your IRA contribution allows you to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution—tax-free. (Tax ID/EIN# 36-2167949)

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Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to United Way of Lake County and other qualified charities. You can recommend a one-time grant or recurring grants for immediate impact or use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts. Contact Quinton Snodgrass to learn more. (Tax ID/EIN# 36-2167949)

Clients of BNY Mellon, Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable can make a designation through DAF Direct.

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Wills and Living Trusts

Are you interested in powering the impact of United Way of Lake County in the future but not sure how? A charitable bequest is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to make a gift that can be added to your will or living trust in as little as one sentence. (Tax ID/EIN# 36-2167949)

If you don’t have a will yet, we have a free tool you can use to create one called FreeWill.

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Employee Matching Gifts

Matching gift benefits can double, sometimes triple, the impact of your gift. Companies may match many kinds of gifts, including one-time gifts, monthly pledges, and workplace giving. Use our matching gift look-up tool to find out if your employer offers matching gifts.

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Planned Giving

When you include United Way of Lake County in your planned giving, you are contributing to the long-term success and well-being of our community. You are helping to create our community’s future leaders by ensuring children have the support they need to succeed in school from the first day they enter kindergarten to graduation. And, you are helping to ensure that local families get the support they need to become self-sufficient.

You do not need to be a millionaire to give a gift with impact – donors from all walks of life at all income levels can make an investment in securing the future of our community. The process is simple, and the impact will last for generations.

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