Coming up short: Allen County United Way cuts funding


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Nearly forty Fort Wayne-area nonprofits will have to tighten their belts in 2015, the result of cuts Allen County United Way is forced to make to their partner agencies.

“The Fort Wayne community is an amazingly generous community,” said Allen County United Way CEO David Nicole.  “I just don’t think we were out there doing our job and raising those resources as affectively as we possibly could.”

The United Way of Allen County has fallen $1 million short of its campaign goals for the past few years.  Those losses translate to $400,000 in funding cuts to social service programs provided by their partners.

“It’s not a United Way problem, it’s a community problem,” said Joe Jordan, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.  Jordan’s agency has seen 20 percent growth in membership over the past few years.  Somehow they’ll have to fill the gap created by greater need and less funding.  “Kids don’t understand the impact of dollars. They just come to a place they cherish and value.”

If you value the Boys & Girls Clubs and other United Way-funded agencies they ask you to consider making a donation.

Make a NEW gift or give a little more and keep programs like the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter helping those in our community who need it most.

Send a check by mail or donate online here. 




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