United Way budgets funds

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Officials with the United Way of Denton County announced their 2014-15 budget this week, allocating $929,950 to its 20 partner agencies effective April 1.

The group raised more than $2.2 million for this year’s budget, with help from more than 10,000 donors and 300 organizations. The allocations represent a 17 percent increase in funding to partner groups from last year, officials said.

Partner groups must adhere to rigorous financial and operational standards and provide services that target critical community needs to receive assistance from the United Way’s annual campaign, which includes the State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign and the local agency’s workplace campaign.

The United Way will also distribute donor-designated gifts to other nonprofit groups included in those campaigns, a total of $359,411 to 483 other organizations, officials said.

This year, as in recent years, the United Way of Denton County has also increased its funding for its own community impact initiatives. Those initiatives are collaborations with others in the community to target unmet needs in the county.

For example, United Way volunteers, interns and staff assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Bank On Denton County, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the Pre-K Coalition, Mentor Denton and Denton County Citizen’s Council on Mental Health.

Officials said that despite the increases made possible in recent years, the agency is still raising money and funding its partners at levels below 2009, the last year before the recession took its toll.

That year, 25 partner agencies received $1.5 million from the United Way of Denton County. Since then, one partner agency shuttered and two partners broke away publicly, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Another partner, Ann’s Haven Hospice, left quietly this year, according to Gary Henderson, president and CEO of the United Way of Denton County.

In addition, the Child Study Center of Fort Worth is no longer a partner in Denton County.

Grants to those groups in 2009 totaled about $267,000, Henderson said.

“If we [the campaign] keep going at our present clip, increasing by 7, or 8 or 9 percent a year, we’ll get there,” Henderson said.

Sheri Dragoo, board chairwoman and member of the Texas Woman’s University faculty, says she is confident, too, that the group has laid the foundation for success in future campaigns.

“I’m thrilled with the community’s generosity,” Dragoo said.

For more information about donating or volunteering, visit www.unitedwaydenton.org or call 940-566-5851.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

The Denton County United Way released its 2014-15 budget this week, designating $929,950 of the $2.2 million raised last year directly to its 20 partner agencies. The remaining funds are allocated as follows:

Donor-designated gifts to 483 nonprofits: $359,411

Community impact initiatives: $426,841

Community awareness and advocacy initiatives: $102,706

General operating: $246,914

Reserves: $56,938

Unfulfilled pledges: $124,123

Source: United Way of Denton County


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