For Small Business

Small businesses with 50 employees or less can make a BIG difference.

Small businesses are investing in our community to create a bright future for everyone.

One of the best decisions you can make to strengthen your business is to join United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley in improving your community. 

Your business donation is tax deductible and stays right here in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Partnering with United Way contributes to a positive marketing strategy by building goodwill amongst customers and offers your business the opportunity to have REAL, MEASUREABLE impact on our community.

Small business participation in charitable giving enhances team building, elevates staff morale and provides employees an opporutunity to help friends and neigbors improve their community.

Ways to Invest

There are several simple ways to join other area businesses in this collective investment in our community while increasing your business’ visibility and strengthening customer loyalty.  Make a gift of any amount through one or more of these options:

Can you afford $1.00 a day?  Become a 365 Small Business Challenger

365 days of the year United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community.  When our community succeeds, our local businesses succeed.  Take the 365 Small Business Challenge and make an investment that matches your community spirit with your bottom line.  Giving $365 will make your business a 365 Small Business Challenger.  Simply write a one-time check or make the pledge now and pay later.

Learn more or become a 365 Small Business Challenger

Join the President's Leadership Circle

The President’s Leadership Circle (PLC) is a group of generous and committed companies that give an annual gift of $5,000 or more. These corporate gifts are exclusively used to underwrite United Way’s cost of doing business - making it possible for us to have the greatest impact in our community. PLC support enables United Way to use individual contributions where they are needed most – to programs that provide help and hope to residents of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.  We sincerely thank our President’s Leadership Circle members.  Because of these companies and their support, community donations go further and have the greatest possible impact in our community.

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Make a Corporate Gift

United Way offers convenient arrangements for your philantrhopic gift. Choose to make payments monthly or quarterly. Too busy? United Way is happy to send invoices at a schedule of your choice. No gift is too small.

Workplace Giving

United Way community workplace giving campaigns are about bringing people in local workplaces together to tackle our community's most difficult issues in the areas of education, financial stability and health. As a small business, you can join the thousands of local companies and organizations that run workplace campaigns each year.

We make it easy.

There are many advantages to running a United Way community workplace campaign:
  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley offers a simple, convenient and efficient way for your employees to support the community and causes they believe in.
  • Your employees may give in regular increments, via payroll deduction through an easy to use system or through paper pledging.
  • A workplace campaign will help your company to achieve its Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
  • Your employees will be able to tap into a wealth of volunteer opportunities via United Way MWV.
United Way will provide you with all the tools and support you need. To start, check out our Campaign Toolkit, which is loaded with information and resources to help you run a successful workplace campaign.
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is a tested leader in workplace giving and we thoroughly vet our nonprofit members annually to ensure we provide donors with access to the most effective nonprofit organizations in the area.

Allow your employees to donate.

  • Offer payroll deductions to ease the process and allow for greater giving.
  • Offer to match or enhance employee donations.

Host fundraising events among your customers.

  • Give those that frequent yoru busniess the opportunity to make a smiple donation.
  • Offer to donate a percentage of each sale (or special item) to United Way
  • Offer to match or enhance customers' donations.

Be creative.

  • Host an event.
  • Challenge a competitor to a friendly "wager." You call the stakes. (Examples: Loser wears winner's logo for a day. Winner puts a pie in the loser's face. Loser treats winners office to lunch.)

In-Kind Gifts

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley connects thousands of dollars of donated goods and services to charitable organizations in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Whether your business would like to donate services (i.e. financial servcies, legal advice, professional organizing, painting, etc.) or give products, there are agencies who can advance their work by leveraging your gift.

Donate Services

Does your company provide a service you could provide to the community? Donating a one-time or continual service to a charity or someone in need can be a rewarding experience for you and your employees.  Providing services (i.e. landscaping for a nonprofit, haircuts for individuals seeking jobs, legal assistance for a nonprofit or client in need) is a great way to provide a quality experience for your employees. Instill a sense of pride in your work as you help others through the skills and expertise you use every day.

Donate Products

Do you have sample products or display items that you would like to give away? Have you recently upgraded your office furniture? United Way would be happy to take your tax-deductible in-kind gifts and match them with a charitable organization who could really use the item.
Call (503) 363-1651 or email and let us know how you would like to get involved.

Employee Volunteers

Engage your company in a one-day volunteer opportunity or an ongoing initiative. Utilize skills within your company in a volunteer capacity to give back to the community in a meaningful way. United Way provides year-round volunteer projects by matching companies and groups of volunteers to community projects. If your company provides a service you would be willing to provide (such as lawn care, haircuts, financial planning, etc.), we would be happy to match you with a charitable organization who could benefit from your services.

Days of Action

Every June, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley connects groups of volunteers with agencies that need help with an on-site project.

Click here for more information about Days of Action.

Get Connected

For year-round opportunities, or for projects you would like to get involved in, contact United Way at (503) 363-1651 or email