United Way agencies absorb $60,000 drop in contributions
By Paul Huggins
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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
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
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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