Charity | With latest United Way scandal, cracks in century-old cooperative become gaps
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 9/20/08, 12:00 am
Taken all together, the United Way is the largest charity in the United States. The organization's 1,300 local chapters raised more than $4 billion last year.
So it is perhaps natural that an organization of this size has had its share of controversy. In many major cities, a seat on the local United Way board is the most important business networking opportunity in town, creating a "pay to play" mentality, with business leaders pressuring employees to give.