The Pennsylvania Treasury this week returned $161,778 in unclaimed property to United Way of Pennsylvania, almost all of it to be distributed to local United Ways across the state.
About two-thirds, $109,745, is going to United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The next largest amount, $22,882, is going to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
The funds come from uncashed checks, credit balances, court deposits and other sources. In all, 197 items were returned, dating from 1975 to 2019 and ranging in value from 10 cents to $54,313.
United Way of Pennsylvania said it made every effort to return funds to the appropriate organization based upon the data available.
United Way of Lancaster County is receiving a nominal amount: $24.79. United Way of Pennsylvania is receiving $1,342.61.
State Treasurer Stacy Garrity and United Way of Pennsylvania President Kristen Rotz encouraged other nonprofits to search for unclaimed property.
“Getting this money back to a nonprofit organization like United Way, which has such an incredible impact on our communities, is really exciting,” Garrity said in a statement.