Ron Rosenbaum .com: "Maybe I’m missing something but this seems insane. The United Way must have a record of the checks they received for the families. GIVE THE MONEY BACK NOW, UNITED WAY! SEND IT BACK TO THE GIVERS AND LET THE GIVERS SEND THEIR CHECKS DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILIES. STOP TALKING ABOUT WAITING FOR SPECIAL LEGISLATION. STOP SITTING ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TAKEN IN THE FIRST PLACE IN ORDER!"
Frankly, I've thought United Way was a semi-scam for a long time. This just reinforces my opinion, but still it seems a pretty egregious example --- and it's a little hard not to think the United Way was completely aware of the restrictions, and saw this as a chance to get hold of the money, which would then be disbursed via a bunch of local charities, each one taking a cut of "administrative expenses", along with the United Way itself.
But maybe I'm just a cynic, and the UW really is a bunch of fools, instead of con-artists.