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United Charitable Programs

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6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 405 Falls Church VA 22044 USA


United Charitable Programs (UCP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor of charitable programs. Our mission is to create symbiotic relationships with social entrepreneurs in order to facilitate their intended charitable projects that make a better life for people in our community at a local, national, or even international level. Once accepted, your program would become a part of our charity. Your program would share our U.S. tax-exempt status (your program would not be separately incorporated). All donations and disbursement requests would come through our office. UCP is not a grantmaking or fundraising organization; therefore, you are responsible for raising funds in the U.S. for your program.


We currently sponsor more than 500 charitable programs nationwide.

Target demographics:

empower people to help others

Direct beneficiaries per year:

84,797 people around the word, through the work of our 507 charitable programs

Geographic areas served:

the United States


fiscal sponsorship and donor-advised funds that encourage positive change through charitable, educational, scientific, or religious actions worldwide.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I found out about United Charitable Programs at a perfect time. I just completed my MBA, and during my final project I developed a business plan designed to help others. I wanted to take this project and make it successful quickly. I knew I served a need and had the idea in place. I was committed to developing a non-profit that served low income seniors with in home support. During my research on how to start a non-profit I became discouraged. There was no way I could afford the upfront costs or handle the long wait time. I just wanted to get started helping others and impliment my plan. That's where United Charitable Programs came in. They had the framework already in place that I needed to get started right away. After the board approved my project I could start building relationships, work with investors, and serves clients in my community. I could never have had this opportunity without the great team at United Charitable Programs. Now I can focus on my projects which is what I like to do.

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As the Director of R.A.T.E.S. I faced the challenge of gaining the funds that we needed to impact our community. I also faced being denied adequate funding due to our lack of financial experience, even with many years of verifiable service. After adding United Charitable Programs (UCP) to our grant proposals, we received significant government grant awards. Our organization also became a preferred grantee, largely due to the impeccable accounting and accountability provided by UCP. We passed the government audits without a single challenge. I also learned a lot about fiscal and fiduciary accountability issues from UCP's very capable and informed staff. Because UCP did what they do well, our organization was able to operate a successful recovery program. I am grateful that United Charitable Programs exist for organizations like ours who want to operate with integrity along with demonstrated productivity. Dr. MJ,

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After retiring, I worked as a volunteer for two humanitarian foundations. This helped me decide where I wanted to make a difference and how. I wanted to have my own project and United Charitable Programs helped me make the transition. I wanted to be able to select projects and apply to them the funds I raised. I however lacked the administrative know how and hiring a support team was beyond my possibilities.

UCP took these concerns off my shoulders; all the administrative, legal, and accounting details being handled by them for a minute fee they retain out of deposited donations. This has freed me to concentrate on projects while keeping operating costs at a minimum. Additionally, they offer frequent on line free classes on many subjects I needed to learn more about, such as fundraising, planning events, doing marketing campaigns, etc.

The only way it would make sense to leave UCP is if we grow to the point where our donations amount into a very very large sum and the percentage retained by UCP ends up exceeding the normal cost of hiring a staff....but that is still a long time away!!!! and UCP is a wonderful parent and guide to my Global Legacy Programs as well as many other chapters of UCP who are doing good all over the world and could not exist without UCP's support. I share with them the credit for each of our humanitarian project achieved.

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This is organization puts their heart and soul into the mission of the organization. The community benefits from its efforts daily. Children are growing with an incredible sense of self through the arts training provided by Orlando School of Cultural Dance Foundation. This community consists of at risk youth that would NEVER have the opportunity to be expose to the arts. The beautiful thing is that this organization includes life skills, youth financial literacy, music and much much more. We we blessed to have Mrs. Coleman as a partner and leader in the Orlando/Central Florida community

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I founded our organization Global Children Care From Australia over 12 years ago in response to the Bali Bomb as I had a five star B&B in Bali at the time of the Bomb, needless to say our business and many others died overnight.

We foresaw it would take several years to revive the local tourist based Balinese economy so cutting our losses we converted the Bed and Breakfast into the first HQ for our formalized charity work.

Since my 20's I had been doing what I privately termed random acts of charity with a focus on children and youth, but given the circumstances of the Bomb and the fact that already many families were eking out a daily existence in spite of the glamorous tourist resort image portrayed regarding Bali.

I had seen a behind the scenes side to Bali and particularly the lives of rural village children and their families and their daily struggle to feed clothe and educate their children and to offer them a better future..

I determined to formalize my random acts of charity into a formal organization.

First we approached the local Community leaders in our area and asked them to speak with the poorest and most disadvantaged families and ask them what they most wanted and needed for their children. The community leaders came back with their list and I said "well I am not a wealthy woman but I will do my best to provide everything on your list step by step!"and we did.

We began in December 2002 with one small village school 35 children and one volunteer Teacher and frankly as I had lost my business I sat the B&B staff down and said "I don't know how I am going to do this financially now we have no business income but I will, so now don't worry you have not lost your jobs but we are now going to do charity work instead and I then set about training them and kept them fully employed much to their relief throughout what turned out to be a five year economic challenge for all the Balinese.
Three of my key employees who started working with me in the B&B in 2000 and then the charity are still with today and I highly value their loyalty and love them for their goodness of heart.

In 2007 another foundation we collaborated with on our eye care programs told me about a charitable foundation in Virginia that could provide us with US tax deductible status .

In 2002 the Australian Government and Taxation Office decided that any new charities that registered from the beginning of 2003 onwards that worked in other Countries outside of Australia would basically have a very difficult time to be granted Tax Deductible status! they have been true to their legislation! We did have two major Law firms who deal with non profits look into it for us over the years but no exceptions have been made.

So I was delighted having lived in the US previously for 20 years and knowing the overall generosity of the American people to know we could apply through United Charitable Programs (operating under a different name then) and if we met their requirements achieve Tax Deductible status,

We were very pleased to be treated so professionally and kindly by UCP and their Staff members throughout the process and thrilled to be granted Tax Deductible status !

By June 2008 we had increased the number of children who had benefited from our Education and Health Care programs by an increase of 2,142% !
I wasn't sure I had calculated the figure correctly for a donors report I was preparing so I had a friend check it with a very sophisticated calculator and yes it was true!

I had determined as we had increased the number of Programs we were operating and regularly benefiting 785 children a week in seven small village schools that in 2008 I would go to the US in the October to do some fundraising as we had definitely built credibility and sustainability.

Well we all had the Global Financial Crisis instead , all of us were challenged in one way or another weren't we !

In the process we lost our first major donor because his donations came to us through his US stock portfolio which was wiped out in the GFC even though he lived in Singapore and was not a US citizen he had long invested in the US unfortunately due to his losses he had to stop donating.

So we had to cut back on Programs, re group and make some tough decisions and go into damage control and I used up the rest of my savings through 2009 to keep everything going.

Unfortunately on a personal level while in Australia in 2009 I had a multiple injury accident on a public transport Bus and fought a Court case (against the local Government Transport Dept ( who frankly were not great defendants to deal with, is the politest way I can describe their tactics ) and I have had multiple surgeries over the last six years and now I can walk properly again and am free to travel and do my volunteer work again.

I am now returning to Bali and a new cycle of fund raising and work will begin starting this August 2015.

In my heart I am filled with joy to be able to continue on and expand once again and I would like to thank everyone at United Charitable Programs for their unstinting patience and support in dealing with me and us throughout the last very difficult six years .

I also would like to thank UCP for their newsletter, resources and webinars and updated advice on fundraising and their general all round focus and helpfulness in the world of charity fundraising work and doing their utmost best in helping us meet the challenges that all of us who are charitably minded face.

Kindest Regards from Susan Taylor
President and Treasurer of Global Children Care from Australia and
Joint Program Manager for Global Children Care USA Logo competition!

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It would be great if there were more Grants available directly for international programs, although I do realize with what the US economy has gone through since the global financial crisis its only natural that the US government and her citizens want first to support US programs and communities.

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4 people found this review helpful

Congratulation United Charitable Programs - Destiny: The Rock of Escape continues to mentor boys and young men to achievement in Atlanta, GA because you are there administratively and give awesome advise. We serve more with less because of your support. www.therockofescape.com

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We have had UCP hosting our program since 2010.

The arrangement allows us to focus on helping people and not having to fuss with the backend money management and documentation.

UCP has good documents and clearly outlined protocol for every detail about how our program operations and the rules of engagement.

They are responsive to our needs in a timely manner.

It is without reservation that i highly recommend UCP as a fiscal host.

Captain Mark Drewelow
Founder - YachtAid Global

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UCP was pivotal in enabling us to start our nonprofit work with educating children. We did not have the time or the resources to start our own nonprofit, so starting a program with UCP allowed us to focus our energies on the important charitable work right away. That was seven years ago, and during that time UCP has always proven reliable, efficient, and fair. The staff truly seem to care about the success of our program and support it with a spirit of service and dedication. UCP has been perfect for us.

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UCP has been instrumental in assisting The National Breast Center Foundation to get set up legally to offer a 501(c)3 status to enable tax deductible contributions. They have been supportive to insure that we were properly managing all financial aspects. The friendly and knowledgeable staff have been most responsive with any questions raised. UCP has been a welcome relief as we start a new foundation offering new and creative services to women regarding breast cancer and options that exist, which may be new to them. The NBCF is focused on patient-centered treatment utilizing customized care for each patient. The Early Detection Alliance, Survivorship Program, and Physician Program will have a positive impact on the individuals we are blessed to reach. Thanks to UCP our initial start up has been hassle free and allowed us to concentrate on these programs and fund raising, instead of the technical details involving the IRS and other labor intensive paperwork. We look forward to this continued partnership with UCP as we grow our programs that will serve others.

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Workwell Foundation has grown tremendously under the guidance of UCP. We are a research laboratory that uses cardiopulmonary exercise testing to evaluate function in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other fatigue related illnesses. In addition to research, we are able to advocate for our patients by writing objective disability evaluation reports for those applying for disability benefits.

UCP has allowed us to do this work we are passionate about. All of their staff are friendly and great! Katie is our program administrator and she always responds quickly to any questions we have. In fact she goes above and beyond to help problem solve and assist with any help that we need.

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Thanks for your great feedback! We are always so thrilled to help important programs like yours succeed. Your program has been with us for 8 years, and we're looking forward to many more successful years with you and the Workwell Foundation!