Forbes came out with their annual ranking of charities; the United Way network comes in at the top. They are careful to point out that in fact United Way consists of 1,000+ legally independent local charities and not one giant entity. We at the United Way of Rockbridge benefit from the services that being a member of a large organization provides. But we aren’t burdened with a remote bureaucracy. A full 99% of what we receive stays in the community, and if we factor in “credits” towards seminars and regional executive director meetings, we get back much of our annual assessment from United Way Worldwide. The Forbes list also provides measures of fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment; United Way ranks well on both.