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February 1, 2011

United Way announces program funding

Distribution based on outcomes, not budgets

Kokomo — Only one United Way of Howard County agency did not receive all the money it requested.

Last week, the non-profit organization — funding 16 agencies and hosting 30 programs — concluded its 2010 Spark The Match campaign, announcing it exceeded its campaign goal of $1.8 million by $6,610.

Monday afternoon, during its annual board meeting, allocations for funded agencies and programs were announced.

Furthermore, like the city’s two biggest employers, the United Way has somewhat emerged from a dark financial cloud. The $2,817, 901.74 it has in the bank is a $200,000-plus increase from last year’s ending balance of $2,587,415.73.

Since August, the United Way’s Fund Distribution Council has been reviewing budgets to prepare allocations, said Lori Tate, United Way president. She said the distribution council adopted a different funding packet this year — introducing a scoring grid that highlights programs and outcomes rather than budgets.

“This process focused more on programs and how they impacted the community,” Tate said. “The scoring grid was positively received by the agencies and volunteers because it allowed them to elaborate on their actual programs and how they change lives. They did awesome for the first year.”

Tate said the distribution council’s recommendation established funding for the majority of agencies and programs at the 2010 level.

There were two exceptions to the funding level: The Mental Health Association requested less funding and the Carver Community Center’s funding was reduced because its packet was focused on financial information rather than program information, as required by the distribution council’s funding packet.

“We are still very happy with what we received,” said Jill Snyder, executive director of the Mental Health Association. “With the way things are in the economy and with joblessness, we are seeing a growing need for our services. People are experiencing situational mental-health issues and, from that, we are receiving more calls.”

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