Here at United Capital Source, we are both proud and pleased to support charities that are doing meaningful work locally and around the world. We invite you to join us in helping these organizations improve lives, whether you donate monthly, as we do, or in a different way.
Here are snapshots of the charities we support, along with quotes that explain why our staff chose them.
This California foundation focuses on higher education as the path to opportunity for a better, healthier life. Each year, 10,000 Degrees awards $2.8 million in scholarships that enable low-income students to become the first generation in their family to attend college. The organization also helps students find non-financial aid and guides them toward success. 84% of their scholarship recipients graduate college.
“One of my favorite charities, 10,000 degrees is one of those organizations that understands that our future lies in the youth of this country and helps to provide low income households with the help they need to put their children through college. These days, without higher education, people can’t get the kinds of jobs that provide a good living and that push the country forward in terms of technology and innovation.”
For decades, this institution has shaped the way we understand and treat cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases. Although St. Judes’ is well-known for working on the cutting edge of research and clinical medicine, families pay nothing for treatment, housing, food or travel. It costs $2.2 million a day to operate this hospital, yet 75% of their funding comes from public contributions.
“Being a child is one of the best parts of life and every child should have the chance to grow up happy and healthy! By donating to St Jude’s we at UCS hope to help every child have a chance to reach their full potential.”
“We are their voice,” says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals. America’s original humane society with chapters all around the country, ASPCA works “to shape a society that continuously improves the lives of animals.” They do that through programs that focus on rescue, placement and protection.
“I can speak for everyone at UCS when I say that we all love animals! Cats are my favorite and also account for many of the stray animals. Charities like the ASPCA help to keep animals off the streets and help to find them homes which is why UCS is a strong supporter.”
Formally known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, this international humanitarian organization brings medical supplies and care to the world’s most desperate populations. They are independent, neutral and impartial, enabling their medical teams to base treatment priorities strictly on medical need. Teams travel worldwide to deliver emergency medical assistance to people affected by epidemics, natural disasters, conflict or exclusion from health care. Private donors provide 90% of MSF’s funding.
“With all that is going on in the world, there are many of those who need medical attention where there are no hospitals in sight or have been decimated by conflict. Doctors Without Borders is a truly selfless organization where medical professionals put their own lives on the line to help those who are less fortunate than them in environments that are extremely dangerous. Everyone at UCS understands how lucky we are to live in America but we’re also mindful of what’s going on around the world.”
This charity works to find a cure to Parkinson’s disease. It was founded and named after one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons, himself a Parkinson’s sufferer. The organization has raised over $450 million since 2000. The money funds research aimed at slowing, stopping or reversing disease progress, finding treatments for un- or under-addressed symptoms and reducing drug side effects, which can be significant.
“Aside from the fact that growing up I used to see Michael J. Fox in many great movies and TV shows, I always admired him from the standpoint that he’s always been a philanthropist and his goal is to help everyone with Parkinson’s disease find relief and the remedies to continue having a good quality of life. We at UCS maintain an active culture and hope that organizations MJFF can help those with Parkinson’s do the same!”
This well-known network of hospitals says, “Kids make us better. That’s why we do everything within our means to make kids better.” Shriners Hospitals specialize in treating children who need orthopaedics, burn care, cleft lip and palate surgery and who suffer from spinal cord injuries. They have developed many of the treatments and techniques now used everywhere. All care is provided at no cost to families.
“Any charity that focuses on children is a great one in my book, but Shriners is one of those where they truly do help children who couldn’t otherwise afford certain procedures get those procedures free of charge. UCS loves kids and proudly supports all of Shriners efforts!”
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund believes, simply, that every child deserves a fair chance at life. For 70 years, they have worked to help children “survive, thrive and fulfill their potential” by improving access to care and services, promoting equality and gender fairness and publicizing the plight of children around the world. UNICEF works to ensure health care, safety, shelter, sanitation, clean water, education and advocacy for children.
“We’re so lucky to live in America, a country where we don’t have any limits placed on us. Unfortunately there are those that are not as lucky as we are so charities like UNICEF are essential to helping the people around the world who need, but don’t have access to the most basic necessities like food, clothing, clean water, shelter and the list goes on and on. I’m proud to be a part of a company with a great culture that believes we can and should help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
This veterans’ assistance organization serves the current generation of injured veterans. Services and support are extended to families and caregivers, because WWP recognizes that the challenges wounded vets face affect those closest to them, too. All services are free and aim to increase awareness, help injured vets help one another and provide specific programming to help vets and their families recover physically, mentally and financially.
“This has to be one of our favorite charities here at UCS. Our veterans help keep this country a free one every day by putting themselves in harm’s way. Nothing can ever repay their sacrifices and what their loved ones go through but I know everyone at UCS is proud of our armed forces and proud of the fact that we donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.”
Since 1978, this organization has served children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Friends of Karen works with families in the New York metropolitan area to “keep them strong, functioning and able to cope.” That work includes emotional and financial support as well as advocacy.
“UCS has been donating to Friends of Karen for a number of years and I personally sit on the board of this charity. I strongly believe that every child deserves a fair shot at a happy childhood and that their families shouldn’t have to choose between a roof over their head, or paying for a necessary medical service for their child. Friends of Karen helps make life easier for families that are going through a tough time and I highly recommend you consider this organization if you give to charity.”
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery in their communities.
“We at UCS love The Smile Train is because they focus on single cause that can be fixed with a one-time surgery. To fix someone’s ability to eat or to speak for a few hundred dollars is priceless to me and all of those who are on The Smile Train.”