United Way of Deschutes County sets $900,000 funding plan

The United Way of Deschutes County announced a $904,625 funding plan for 2016-17.

The total funding package includes $588,967 to twenty-nine local social service partner agencies.

Focusing on the building blocks of opportunity – education, health and financial stability -approximately $93,000 will be invested in programs that prepare children to learn and succeed in school and life.  More than $267,000 will go to programs that help keep people safe and promote healthy lifestyles.  Nearly $229,000 will go to provide a helping hand to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.  The remaining $315,658 in contributions goes to a host of other agencies specifically earmarked by donors.

“It’s always a challenge to allocate the amount of unrestricted funds available among so many essential programs.  This year the challenge was greater than usual”, said Executive Director Ken Wilhelm. “The annual United Way fund raising campaign closed on June 30 at roughly $150,000 less than the previous year’s achievement.  So, unfortunately, we are not in a position to fund partner agency programs at the same level as last year, let alone the level that we would prefer.  In the whole we have 28 percent less in unrestricted funds available for agency partner allocations.”

Wilhelm went on to say, “If the results of the most recent campaign tell us anything it is that we need to move more quickly to a more collective impact model, working collaboratively with other organizations and partners to achieve visible, long term improvement on critical issues affecting the community”.

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