United Way Forced To Cut Funding, Leaving 6,000 Without Help

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The United Way of Madison County will cut funding available for funding local collaborative partners who serve those least able to help themselves.

The 2011 Community Wide Campaign, composed of the United Way Workplace Campaign, the Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign and the State Combined Employee Campaign announced it will serve 102,000 individuals from the $5,940,945 raised in its 2011 annual drive. That leaves about 6,000 individuals without support.

The United Way of Madison County serves as the fiscal agent for all three campaigns and distributes funding that will allow local community collaborative partners to serve 70,000 in Madison County.  Combined Federal Campaign designations provide funds for national and international organizations to serve an additional 32,000.

“United Way had an incredibly successful year. For the April 27th disaster relief fund alone our community rallied together to raise over $400,000 to rebuild the lives of individuals who survived the devastating tornadoes that swept through Madison County,” stated Steve Kirkpatrick, Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Madison County.

Despite the overwhelming financial support for disaster relief, United Way found themselves in an unexpected dilemma -- a reduction in available funding for local collaborative partners to do their day-to-day mission of serving those least able to help themselves. In order to close the funding gap and meet the needs of the community, the United Way Board of Directors ran a one-month special campaign called the $20 by 20 April Fund.

“Despite the success of our campaign efforts, the 2011 Community Wide Campaign and the $20 by 20 April initiative found itself with less money than last year,” stated Kirkpatrick. “As a result, 6,000 individuals will not receive services this year compared to last year.”

From the proceeds of the 2011 Community Wide Campaign, 27,500 individuals will be served through United Way’s collaborative partners and over 23,000 individuals will receive services through internal United Way programs. Designations from Federal Employees in the Combined Federal Campaign provide services for an additional 19,000 individuals in Madison County. Designations to National and International charities provide services for an additional 32,000 individuals outside of our community.

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