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United Way agencies absorb $60,000 drop in contributions

By Paul Huggins · 340-2395

In a departure from previous down years of fundraising, the United Way of Morgan County did not equally distribute cutbacks among its 24 agencies.

Three agencies even received increases. Overall, 15 agencies took cuts, as well as the United Way administrative/fundraising staff, while six agencies remained level funded.

Because the United Way fell short of its fundraising goal last year, it had $60,000 less to give to its agencies.

The agencies started receiving their new allocations in July. The 2008 fundraiser begins later this month.

The Boys and Girls Club took the largest cut, 17 percent, compared to last year's allocation. It dropped from $146,379 to $120,000. Only one of the top five funded agencies did not receive a cut, the Volunteer Center of Morgan County, which was level funded at $92,000.

United Way Executive Director George Pollitt said the nearly 40-member Allocations Committee considered each agency allotment on merit, need and other sources of fundraising.

The latter is the main reason Habitat for Humanity saw its funding cut in half to $5,000. Habitat began operating a home improvement warehouse in 2006. This year, the committee also gave more weight to agencies that could document how their efforts improved the community.

That helped Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Morgan County get an increase from $48,000 to $54,789, Pollitt said.

The Arc of Morgan County and Community Action Partnership of North Alabama's Foster Grandparents/Senior Companions programs were the other two agencies to see increases.

United Way also boosted its funding of the 2-1-1 program, a hot line for connecting residents with the proper agency during a crisis.

It received $25,000, which was $10,000 more than last year.

United Way: Who gets what

Because it fell short of the previous year’s fundraising total, the United Way of Morgan County handed out $60,000 less in allocations this year. Distributions were as follows:

Agency 2006 2007

American Red Cross $149,000 $144,530

Arc of Morgan County $73,000 $74,250

Big Brothers/Big Sisters $48,000 $54,789

Boy Scouts $54,750 $50,000

Boys and Girls Clubs $146,379 $120,000

Centers for Developmentally

Disabled $45,000 $40,200

Community Free Clinic $27,500 $26,675

Crisis Services/Hope Place $72,000 $69,840

Families and Children

Experiencing Separation $58,500 $58,500

Foster Grandparents/

Senior Companions $25,000 $27,500

Girl Scouts of North Alabama $31,541 $30,000

Habitat for Humanity $10,000 $5,000

Hospice of the Valley $55,500 $55,500

Meals on Wheels $149,551 $140,000

Mental Health Association

in Morgan County $91,257 $88,519

Mental Health Center

of North Central Alabama $28,972 $28,103

Morgan County Rescue Squad $6,132 $5,948

Parents and Children Together $62,500 $62,500

Salvation Army $131,000 $125,000

Senior Center $5,000 $5,000

Sterrs Day Care Center $30,418 $29,505

Terrell Industries $12,000 $11,640

Volunteer Center

of Morgan County $92,000 $92,000

Youth Athletic Leagues $5,000 $5,000

United Way administration,

marketing and fundraising $176,250 $173,513

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