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United Way nearly reaches fundraising goal

$1.76 million contributed, 98% of target; new funding strategy announced

The United Way is changing the way it raises funds in the Lawrence area.

February 25, 2010

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City leaders say it was a good news/good news scenario during the annual meeting of the United Way of Douglas County on Wednesday evening at Central Junior High School, 1400 Mass.

United Way co-chairs Jane and Scot Buxton announced the final campaign total for 2009 of $1.76 million, which is 98 percent of its goal. Adding to the excitement of the accomplishment, this year United Way handed out a record amount to partnering agencies — nearly $1.3 million.

However, partner agencies will be a thing of the past beginning in 2012. Tom Christie, chair-elect of the United Way board of directors, announced a big change in the way United Way will distribute money.

Under the new funding mechanism, any of the more than 300 nonprofit agencies in the county can receive assistance if they identify and match some of those funding goals in the broad areas of education, health and self-sufficiency.

“We will work with the community to identify major issues in Douglas County and then work with the agencies to help them help us address the issues … so that instead of dealing with those agencies, we can deal with the issues of the community at large,” Christie said.

During 2011, United Way will solicit opinion from the community through surveys and focus groups, identifying some community-funding goals.

“We think it will make us better stewards of their money and with limited resources, I think if we can attack some of those specific problems that our community has and get agencies to work together in collaboration and partnership … we think that maybe we can better deal with those issues,” Christie said.

Coming off a record year, United Way of Douglas County hopes to continue its success with helping those less fortunate under the new structure.

Comments

toe 4 years, 1 month ago

The UW is finally admitting it is a socialist organization. Notice the carrot and stick approach if agencies "tax" their constituencies more and invest in social programs. The UW has lost its footing and should be a historical footnote. Giving directly is always best. If you take UW money, you are also giving up your freedom in return and do not deserve any support from freedom loving people.

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Erika Dvorske 4 years, 1 month ago

Clarification from United Way of Douglas County. The difference between what is raised and what is distributed to partner agencies can be accounted for in the following manner: $30,000 Out of area designations (dollars that donors want to go to their local community), $87,000 Community Impact Programs (Prosperity Partners and Skillbuilders), $129,000 Internal programs (United Way Center, Roger Hill, Fund Management), $100,000 budgeted uncollectible, and $110,000 Fundraising and Admin. This last amount reflects the 12% overhead that we report in the annual report.

For verification of this information, please visit our web site and review the Audit and IRS Form 990 at www.unitedwaydgco.org or call us at 785-843-6626.

Erika Dvorske

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headdoctor 4 years, 1 month ago

labmonkey (anonymous) says... I am sure these surveys cost money. For the thousandth time, if you want to donate, donate directly to your charity. United Way is just a middle man, and if you look at the list of charities they give money to, almost everyone would find several they would have no desire giving money to.


Yup. It appears that it took $460,000.00 to hand out 1.3 million dollars. That is a pretty nice racket and that was just locally. They are just as bad as the politicians if not worse.

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labmonkey 4 years, 1 month ago

I am sure these surveys cost money. For the thousandth time, if you want to donate, donate directly to your charity. United Way is just a middle man, and if you look at the list of charities they give money to, almost everyone would find several they would have no desire giving money to.,

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