The United Fund for Belgium (asbl/vzw) is a Belgian non-profit organization. Its mission is to help people in need in Belgium by financing projects of charity associations in Belgium.UFB's focus is solely on social projects (e.g. not cultural events) and it finances projects rather than recurring expenses (such as salaries) in order to maximise its complementarity with public sector subsidies.
UFB supports in particular charity associations involved in child welfare, reduction of poverty, support to handicapped persons and social integration and training.
To fund these projects, UFB collects donations from Belgian and foreign companies established in Belgium and from caring individuals. We seek to support close to 100 different charitable associations every year, financing projects of about €10.000 on average. Our objective is to focus on small to midsize projects that make a difference for the charitable association and the persons they help.
UFB's distinguishing characteristics are:
- We distribute to the selected charities the full amount (100%) of the donations received for this purpose. This is because we cover our operational costs through special donations, proceeds from events and the income from the endowment fund (the Martin Kallen Fund)that has been created for this purpose. Redistributing 100% of donations is unique in Belgium.
- We fund projects for associations in a balanced way in all regions and all provinces of the country.
- UFB representatives visit every association before we finance their project to assist the association and ensure that the project is worthy and viable. The members of the Allocation Committee which selects the projects to be financed are all volunteers who have long been active in their local communities and know well the charity fabric of their local areas.
UFB also helps donor companies who so wish to choose projects to which they can be associated, for instance by financing them trough UFB or by involving actively their employees to support these projects.