Over the years, I've been highly critical of many funders, but none more than the United Way. To their credit, I've seen individual UW organizations make great, great progress in their work, and know many terrific people who believe fervently in the organization, but overall it seems like a business model whose time and come and gone.
That said, I am really, really impressed with this story
You probably saw it somewhere, but the United Way of the Capital Area (DC) has cut their administrative fees so that the fund recipients can get more direct funding.
Good for them. That's what they should do.
Now, what other funders are willing to match the United Way's focus on mission? Who's going to step up?