Organizations Lose United Way Funds Under New Structure

Organizations Lose United Way Funds Under New Structure

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The Boy scouts and the girl scouts are long time recipients of United Way funding in Mobile.

They received nearly $150,000 combined in the United Way's 2-year-cycle last year and this year.

For 2014-&-15, they'll get a combined $2,400.

They're not alone in seeing major cuts. Below are real dollar term losses and losses as a percentage of what the groups were receiving:

Red Cross                                            $85,000 63%       

Girl Scouts                                           $83,000 99%

Child Day Care Assn.                       $72,000 100%

Boy Scouts                                          $63,000 98%       

Mobile ARC                                        $62,000 55%

Catholic Social Services                  $51,000 53%

United Cerebral Palsy                    $41,000 35%

Wilmer Hall                                         $38,000 56%

Home of Grace                                 $38,000 28%

Dearborn YMCA                               $36,000 37%

Mulherin Home                                                $28,000 30%

VIA                                                         $23,000 32%

Combined, these dozen organizations will get a million dollars less in 2014-15 than in the last two year cycle.

 

Alan Turner , President of the United Way of SW Alabama says three years ago a thorough community study identified four target areas: education, essentials, health, and financial stability. Organizations were told only those whose programs fit these criteria would get support, regardless of past funding. He says organizations were given ample time to get ready.

"We gave our partners and agencies a three year bridge knowing at the start of '14 we were going to be funding programs that are having an impact, not just giving money to partner agencies," said Turner.

"Everyone would start at a zero base. We wouldn't look at history we wouldn't look at traditional funding"

Many organization leaders getting less funding from the United Way don't want to talk publicly, not wanting to bite the hand that's still feeding them, albeit at a lesser level. Privately, though, they say they are surprised and devastated. They have a meeting scheduled with Turner on May 21, but expect no changes in funding.

As some groups lose, others gain. The Mobile Area Education Foundation, previously unfunded by the United Way, will be one of the organization's largest recipients in Southwest Alabama at $100,000 in 2014-15. Ronald McDonald House, also unfunded in 2012-13, will get $30,000.

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