Executive Director Debi Wallick released the final figures for the campaign Tuesday – a total of $224,400 was raised. Even though the United Way did not meet its $280,000 goal, those involved with the campaign are happy with the final figures – especially considering where the campaign was at in January.
“It is a big, big charge. We just really got out there, I applied for a couple grants,” Wallick said, adding “I was thinking about 65 percent was about where we were going to be. … We were just really hoping things would come through. We’re really excited.”
While the late surge means the 11 United Way funded agencies won’t see as drastic a cut in funding as they were facing with just six weeks left in the campaign, there will be reductions across the board. The budget and allocations committee will meet and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board. All agencies will receive funding – rarely, if ever, are all funds to an agency eliminated.
“However, we also need to be cognitive of the fact that our agencies will have the less to work with at a time of greater need,” campaign chair Mike Kuepper said in a release from the United Way.