Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

Distributing over $1 million to the community each year.

Every year, RUW raises and distributes over $1 million to local nonprofits through grants and sponsorship. Your donations allow individuals to make a difference as they address the root causes of the challenges that face our community.

Some ways you can help

Donate now online

Click on the "Donate Now" button on the left side navigation bar to donate now using our secure pledging website.

Write a Check

If you'd like to write a check, please make all checks payable to Rappahannock United Way and mail to Rappahannock United Way, 3310 Shannon Park Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

Workplace Campaigns

Thanks to hundreds of corporate partners, automatically make a contribution from your paycheck. More than 150 companies across the region participate in workplace giving campaigns. Click here for a pledge form.

Leadership Giving

Combined Federal Campaign
If you are an employee of the Federal Government of the United States, this program allows you to designate a portion of your funds to certain charitable organizations. Rappahannock United Way CFC code: #46964

Planned Giving - Legacy Society
Consider leaving a legacy and making a difference not only today, but tomorrow, through the Rappahannock United Way Legacy Society.

The Rappahannock United Way Legacy Society was established to honor donors who make gifts in special ways.  Society members are recognized for their support of Rappahannock United Way through planned giving.   Making a gift to the Rappahannock United Way Legacy Society is a way of planning for Rappahannock United Way’s future, along with your own.

Rappahannock United Way’s Resource Development team is staffed and trained to present donors with options that benefit both the donor and Rappahannock United Way.  We are available to assist you in achieving your charitable giving objectives.  We are pleased to provide additional information to you and your financial advisors.  Please view our brochure, or call Janel Donohue at 540-373-0041.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you’re age 70 ½ or older, you may be able to take advantage of an important incentive for charitable giving.  Even if you are too young to qualify for this great opportunity, please share the news with someone who does:

Congress has re-authorized the provision that allows donors to make gifts from their IRA accounts to one or more charities, without first incurring income tax on the withdrawal.  This means that you can direct that amount to Rappahannock United Way with no federal income tax liability.  The IRA Rollover may provide you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.

Now, there are some details and restrictions:  You must be 70 ½ or older when you make your gift, and the gift must be made from an IRA – no other retirement plans qualify, such as 401k, 403b, or SEP accounts.  Your gift must come to us outright; it cannot be used to establish a life-income arrangement or support a donor-advised fund or certain types of supporting organizations.  Although the distribution will be free from income tax, it will not generate an income tax charitable deduction.   There are other details through which we will be happy to guide you.

The IRA Rollover is also available for tax year 2015, provided you make your gift by  December 31, 2015. The administrator of your IRA plan will make the actual distribution to us.  Click here for a sample letter of instruction that you can send to your plan provider.

IRA administrators do not always include the donor’s name on distribution checks.  If you are planning to make a distribution to us from your IRA, please let us know in advance so that we will be able to identify your gift.  Let us know if you want your gift used for a particular purpose as well.

Red Brick Campaign

We invite you to take part in a new journey with Rappahannock United Way, as we continue to create lasting change in the Greater Fredericksburg Region. We are offering individuals and businesses a limited opportunity to have personal messages engraved on bricks, which will be permanently displayed outside of our brand new building.

Please consider ordering a brick for yourself or in honor or memory of friends or loved ones who have made a difference in your life. Bricks are also a lasting way to commemorate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or time spent as a United Way supporter.

“I truly love giving to Rappahannock United Way because of the great things they do for the people in our community.” - Matthew Lewis, Quarles Employee

Volunteer your time and expertise

Here are some other areas where your participation can make a difference:

  • Learn about RUW and share your knowledge in your workplace and with your friends.
  • Promote 2-1-1 and Free Tax Services at work and in your community.
  • Attend advocacy events and contact your representatives about Education, Income, and Health issues that are important to you.
  • Write a letter to the local newspaper about RUW issues that are important to you.

Donor Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Our Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by Rappahannock United Way, both online and offline, on any Platform ("Platform", includes the Rappahannock United Way website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent Rappahannock United Way processes any donations as the third-party service provider,  donor information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.