June 30, 2008

United Way Allocates Proceeds of Fund Drive

By Judith Nygren, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

Jun. 30--The United Way of the Midlands has divvied up more than $12 million in donations among 35 partner agencies, with the biggest share going to support health-related services.

Maternal and infant care and community clinics are among the programs receiving 36 percent of donor dollars for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Education- and income-related programs each received 32 percent of contributions.

Education programs include tutoring and mentoring, scouting and career development. For income programs, United Way's partner agencies offer services such as shelter for the homeless, help with tax preparation and counseling for those facing foreclosure.

The partner agencies received more than half the $21 million pledged during the 2007 United Way campaign. The money is allocated to agencies in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties based, in part, on measurable progress and accountability in meeting human needs.

The top recipients during the coming fiscal year are Heartland Family Services, $1.3 million; the Visiting Nurse Association in Omaha and Council Bluffs, $954,526; Catholic Charities, $886,789; American Red Cross-Heartland Chapter, $921,493; and YMCA, $757,339.

Donors are allowed to designate specific programs to receive their contributions. This year, more than $2 million in designated dollars went to programs outside the United Way umbrella.

The remaining donor dollars will be used in the following areas:

--Administrative and fundraising expenses, slightly more than $2 million.

--United Way Direct Community Services, including the volunteer resource center, $1.6 million.

--Community health charities, fundraising partners in the annual campaign, about $930,000.

--Reserve fund, $250,000.

--Community impact initiatives aimed at addressing the causes of people's hardships, such as early childhood education and senior citizen services, $200,000.

United Way lists $1.3 million in pledges as uncollectible, largely because of moves or job changes among donors.

--Contact the writer: 444-1116, [email protected]


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