I vividly remember being pressured by my employer to “voluntarily” donate to United Way even though there is one member of United Way that I have moral and ethical problems with. I am now retired and donate items (some used, some new), time and money to five charities throughout the year. Much of it is never claimed on my taxes.
I still have moral and ethical problems with that same organization that is a member of United Way. If a tax (required “voluntary donation”) is passed, I will no longer give to those organizations because they will receive my “voluntary donations” through United Way at the point of a gun.
So who wins? The recipients of donations or the overpaid leaders of United Way?