Frequently Asked Questions

What is Berkshire United Way's mission?

Berkshire United Way’s mission is to ignite the collective power of individuals and organizations to build a stronger community together.

Our vision is for Berkshire County to become a dynamic, engaged community with opportunities for all.

Why is there a Berkshire United Way?

As part of a worldwide effort to create lasting change, Berkshire United Way has been bringing people together since 1924 to tackle the tough issues that no one person, program or agency can solve alone. We provide early education opportunities so children enter school ready to learn; give young people the tools they need to make healthy decisions and develop a plan for college or career; and help working families increase their income and assets so they are better positioned to provide their children with what they need, and so the cycle continues.
Who runs Berkshire United Way and how is it funded?

Berkshire United Way is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The directors—all of whom live or work in Berkshire County—develop policy and hire the CEO. The CEO oversees staff and is responsible for day-to-day operations and management. Berkshire United Way is funded through voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations dedicated to building a stronger community here in the Berkshires.

Does Berkshire United Way support members of my community?

Berkshire United Way helps children and adults in each of the 32 communities within Berkshire County. It's likely somone you know, or perhaps even someone in your family, has benefitted from one or more of the programs we've invested in. When we support those among us who need our help, our whole community is stronger.

Why give to Berkshire United Way?

Berkshire United Way invests more than $2 million annually in a broad range of programs throughout the county that impact more than 17,000 people in our community, but we are so much more than just a funder. Berkshire United Way is a leader in the community, bringing people and organizations together to tackle the tough issues that no one person, program or agency can solve alone.

Who decides where my contribution goes?

People just like you decide where your money is invested. Trained volunteers from the community, staff, board and local experts in their fields review and evaluate funding requests. They recommend to the Board of Directors how to invest the funds for the greatest impact. Volunteers, staff and board members participate in monitoring visits at funded programs throughout the year, to observe the program in action and evaluate the impact of our investment. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Rae Langsdale at 

What is the best way to give?

Individuals and businesses have many options:

  • Payroll deduction through workplace campaigns is a popular choice and makes giving easy.
  • Donate on-line at
  • Make a direct gift or pledge via cash, check or credit card.
  • Mail your gift to us at Berkshire United Way, 200 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

How much should I give?

All gifts matter, regardless of the size. A few dollars a day or week combined with gifts from over 5,000 donors help us raise over $2 million a year. How much you give is entirely up to you!

Can I designate some of my gift?

Yes. Are you passionate about helping young children prepare for kindergarten, giving teens an opportunity to develop a college or career plan or connecting working families to better jobs? Then you can select one or more of those areas for your gift to make an impact. You can also choose to designate all or a portion of your gift to any other qualified 501(c) 3 organization, both in and outside of Berkshire County. Donors must contribute at least $52 to designate to another organization.


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