My first experience with the United Way was not in our community. As a recent college graduate I was working with a large firm in a bigger city. When the United Way campaign came along one of my bosses presented me with a pledge form and the amount that someone at my level was expected to give. He further mentioned that the firm had received awards for one hundred percent participation by employees for several years. The message was delivered. I didn’t have a clue what I was supporting with my donation, but it was clear that I didn’t have much of an option.