Strengths: One of the country's largest nonprofit organizations, the United Way receives $4 billion in annual donations. As a network of smaller nonprofits, the group offers donors a wide range of ways to target their contributions.
The Dirt: The United way has been plagued by scandals for years. In 2004, its CEO Oral Suer went to prison for stealing funds, and his replacement Normal Taylor resigned after he was accused of financial mismanagement. The group's entire board has been replaced since then, but its image has been tarnished, leading some local member organizations to defect to competitors.