Operating Ratio

On average, 96 cents of every dollar donated goes to meet community needs.

The operating ratio is calculated by dividing all the costs of managing and fundraising for the organization by all the money that is raised. The operating ratio before offset is 14.12%.

Fundraising and Management Expenses: $3,448,999
Public Support Raised: $54,871,014
Operating Ratio: 6.29%

Operating Ratio After Offset  


Because we’re the recipients of an incredibly generous—and significant—endowment, on average, 94 cents of every dollar donated goes to the community.

The Gates Administrative Endowment was a gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hundreds of community members and is specifically designed to offset the costs of running the organization.

In addition to this endowment income, we also work hard to secure in-kind gifts, sponsorships and processing fees to offset our overall costs. These revenue streams are subtracted above from the Total Fundraising and Management Expenses. The Total Public Support Raised is adjusted to subtract income that is not part of our annual fundraising effort, the largest of which is the Gates Endowment distribution.

To see the operating ratio before these income streams are offset, you can toggle on the ‘before offset’ and ‘after offset’ button. In addition, all of our financial statements are available here.

No matter how you calculate it, United Way of King County works hard to make the most of every donor dollar. The needs in our community are great and we are committed to make the most immediate impact possible. We work daily to honor our donors who invest generously each year.

If you have more questions about how we spend donor dollars—either on the administrative side or impact side—please contact Jared Erlandson at jerlandson@uwkc.org.