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cooperative organization of citizens and social welfare agencies in a city. Also known as a united fund, it has two purposes: to raise funds through an annual campaign for its member agencies and to budget the funds raised. The fund is administered by the community chest or united fund itself, or as a joint endeavor with a community welfare council; to represent the idea of administering, as well as collecting, the funds, the national association in 1927 took the name Community Chests and Councils. Today the organization's official name is the United Way of America. In 1974, it formed United Way International to provide assistance to the international United Way community and similar fundraising organizations outside the United States. The idea of cooperative collecting for charitable purposes originated in Liverpool, England (1873), and, in the United States, in Denver (1887). In 1900 the Cleveland chamber of commerce went a step further and assumed responsibility for endorsing the agencies seeking funds; 13 years later Cleveland brought almost all its welfare organizations together in the Cleveland Welfare Council. The name community chest was coined in Rochester, N.Y., in 1913.


See J. R. Sealey et al., Community Chest: A Case Study in Philanthropy (1957).

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Zahida Hussain, 24, of Fenham, Newcastle, has been appointed to the position of grants manager for the Sunderland and South Tyneside Community Chests.
The appeal was made by Regeneration Minister Lord Falconer as he visited the city to outline details of the Government's Community Chest fund.
293 US 289 (1934), the Supreme Court addressed the question of whether or not a contribution by a corporation to a community chest represented "consideration for a benefit flowing directly to the corporation as an incident of its business.

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