The recent revelations regarding Planned Parenthood’s practice of altering their procedures to harvest fetal parts and tissues, in a form that is more desired by the companies that purchase the results of abortions, have sparked interest in and questions about supporters of the organization.
As one of the world’s largest privately funded non-profit organizations, United Way raises over $5 billion every year. Across the United States, a coalition of 1,261 United Way chapters partner with businesses, civic organizations, educational institutions, healthcare providers and more with many decisions made on the local level, according to the organization’s promotional materials.
Despite United Way’s claims of neutrality on the pro-life/pro-choice issue, over 5 percent of its chapters have financially supported Planned Parenthood programs with recent contributions totaling over $2,800,000, according to the 2nd Vote website.
2nd Vote has compiled a list of every United Way chapter that shows which chapters do contribute to Planned Parenthood:
- United way chapters in 21 states made no contributions and although not a state, the Washington DC chapter was among those who made no contributions.
- The state whose chapters made the largest contribution was Ohio giving Planned Parenthood $379,171.00 in 2014.
- Tucson, Arizona’s United Way chapter gave Planned Parenthood $10,000, the only chapter in the state to support Planned Parenthood.
2nd Vote provides a Pro-Life Guide to the United Way which reflects if your donations could be supporting Planned Parenthood’s operations and pro-abortion advocacy.
According to the United Way, “It’s a credo. A mission. A goal. A constant reminder that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.”
The United Way claims: “Based on donors’ desire to have significant impact on the lives of those most in need, your results-driven United Way has narrowed our focus to ensure that we create long-lasting impact for our community’s children, families and seniors….. The Strong Families Impact Area works to help our community’s families have the resources they need to remain self-sufficient and to ensure that their members are safe and free from violence.”
On its “Frequently Asked Questions” page, the organization offers no explanation for donating to Planned Parenthood, but goes to great length to explain their support for the Boy Scouts of America:
Does the Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council continue to receive funds from United Way?
The Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council, does not receive undesignated funds through United Way’s Our Community’s Impact Fund because they did not apply for funding for their troop programs through the most recent Request for Proposal process.
However, United Way’s Board of Directors does believe that the Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council, provides a variety of programs that enrich the lives of our community’s youth. Therefore, donors may designate their contributions to Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council, should they choose to do so. As a result, the Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council, continue to receive thousands of dollars from United Way every year.
Tucson United Way Leaders include members of the President’s Council such as Jim Click, and members of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors such as Oro Valley Town Councilwoman Mary Snider.
Tucson United Way President’s Council:
Cole and Jeannie Davis
Bob and Sandy Maxfield
Larry and Laurie Wetterschneider
Officers of the Board include:
Tony Penn, President & CEO of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Daisy Jenkins, Chair President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC
Howard Stewart, Vice Chair President and CEO, AGM Container Controls
Joel Rohlik, vice president of finance at the Arizona Daily Star
Alexandra Master-Judge, Secretary, Raytheon
Members of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors include:
Lou Albert, Pima Community College
John Bremond, Bremond Company LLC
Wardell “Buck” Brown, US Bank
Lynne Wood Dusenberry, Retired
Tannya R. Gaxiola, Special Advisor to the President on Public Outreach at the University of Arizona
Frank R. Grijalva, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
David Hutchens, UNS Energy Corporation
Gregg Johnson, University of Phoenix
G. Alfred Kennedy, Independent Business Owner
Brigadier General Linda R. Medler, United States Air Force (ret)
Charles E. Monroe, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Aaron Myers, Wells Fargo
Jennifer J. Phillips, Jennifer J. Phillips, CPA
Robert D. Ramirez, President/CEO of Vantage West Credit Union
Allen F. Reid, vice president of Human Resources and Global Security Services at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS).
Adriana Kong Romero, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Glenn Sampert, General Manager of The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
Mary Snider, Town Councilwoman, Town of Oro Valley
Paul Tees, Managing Director with BMO Private Bank
Dane Woll, YMCA of Southern Arizona
Fred Yamashita, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 (UWCF)