Who hasn’t heard of the United Way? As one of the country’s most recognizable and best-governed charities, the United Way partners with everyone from the NFL to local spiritual groups. And if you’re looking for a worthy cause, United Way donations should be near the top of your list. With more than 1,200 local offices spread across the United States, the United Way’s priorities are set by people in the communities they serve — not by faceless bureaucrats at a central hub. Offices typically prioritize educational initiatives, public health campaigns and financial literacy drives. Case in point: a fruitful partnership between the Delaware State Treasury and the United Way of Delaware.
You don’t have to be an aging jet-setter to become a bona fide patron of the arts. If you live in or near Boston, all you have to do is join the Boston MFA Museum Council, better known simply as the Museum Council. Membership is open to everyone aged 21 to 45.
Why is Museum Council membership worthwhile? Try two memberships for the price of one (perfect for couples), members-only passes to special exhibitions, first-dibs invites to VIP receptions, complimentary MFA admission, discounts on lectures and courses, and — best for last! — discounted tickets to the Summer Party, MFA-Boston’s annual black-tie blowout.