Charlotte United Way distributing more

Jeff Kane
Jeff Kane

After slashing funding to its partner agencies 35 percent last year in the wake of a plunge in giving to its annual drive because of the recession and community anger about compensation for its ousted CEO, United Way of Central Carolinas this year is giving 17 percent more on the heels of an annual drive that posted a big increase.

Based on recommendations by its volunteer-led Community Investment Councils that reviewed funding requests by its 96 partner health and human services agencies that serve five counties, United Way’s board approved distributing over $16.5 million to local health and human services agencies.

That includes $14.8 million in funds donated in the 2009 campaign to United Way’s general Community Care Fund, up 17 percent from last year, and over $1.7 million designated by donors to specific agencies.

Overall all, dollars United Way will distribute will meet 93 percent of funds agencies requested, particularly for programs showing the greatest impact.

Funding for agencies such as Salvation Army, Charlotte Emergency Housing, and Right Moves for Youth that showed particularly strong results, United Way says, now has exceeded the levels of 2008-09 before the financial crisis.

Among a handful of agencies that will get fewer funds this year, United Way says, most either did not seek United Way funding or had programs that were combined for greater efficiency.

“We’re far from out of the woods, as agencies are still seeing record levels of need, while funding for most of them remains below peak levels,” Jeff Kane, chair of United Way’s board, says in a statement. “But to be able to share positive news with just about every agency is an astounding difference from last year.”

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