New Developments in Combined Solicitation
Unification of fund-raising will free millions of Americans this year from repeated appeals for donations to the host of philanthropic activities supported by voluntary contributions. Approximately 700 communities are now staging some form of united fund campaign to create single pools of money from which all participating agencies will receive previously determined shares.
The present united fund movement represents the nation's second major effort to consolidate community money-raising. It is a direct result of the failure of the older community chests to fulfill their original promise of reducing charity drives in each locality to one a year.
Postwar Decline in Community Chest Support
The community chest is described in the 1954 Social Work Year Book as “a cooperative undertaking in which the citizens ...