The 2015 United Way campaign – “Celebrating 90 Years” – began in August with an aggressive goal of $350,000, and local officials announced Wednesday that the four-month appeal brought in $341,578.00, falling roughly $8,422 short of goal.
“This is by no means something I’m unsatisfied with,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “This is an amazing feat by and for our community, and I truly could not be more proud.
“We knew it was going to be tight, but coming up short doesn’t mean we weren’t successful, or that the funded programs and services will not be successful,” Davis added.
The most significant outcome is that, due to responsible planning and strategic work on the part of the staff and Board of Directors, those agencies approved for funding through the recent request for proposal (RFP) process will not experience a decrease in their monthly allocations.
“We have been adamant that we would do what we could to ensure there would be no funding cuts,” said Davis. “There are so many other difficult circumstances surrounding funding for local non-profits right now, we knew it would be detrimental if we were to add to that. I’m proud of the work that has been done internally to make sure that didn’t happen.”
Those agencies awarded funding through the RFP process include: A Partnership in Housing, Inc., Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services; CARE for Children; CASA of McKean County; Catholic Charities; Destinations Bradford; Evergreen Elm; Futures Rehabilitation Center; Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center; Growing With Grace Christian Preschool; McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross; Strengthening Families; The Family Center – Bradford; YMCA of the Twin Tiers – Bradford Branch; YWCA Bradford.
Davis said those 15 agencies provide 21 programs and services throughout the local community.
Additionally, there will again be remaining funding for quarterly grants through the Community Innovations and Community Impact funding streams.
Davis attributes much of the success to the campaign co-chair team, comprised of Francie Ambuske, Kelly Case, Betsy Costello, Diana Ferguson, Kristen Luther, Jane Luzzi, Mary Reiley and Mary Ann Quinn.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Case said, “I am proud to have been associated with the 90th anniversary campaign and, given the adversity this community and our individual team members faced since we started, I think 98% is astounding!”
Another highlight was the new donors to the 2015 appeal. Davis concluded that 29 business or individuals contributed more than $1,500 in new monies to the local cause. And, Davis was quick to point out that those figures are only what they can track – there are certainly many more from workplace campaigns that may not get the recognition they deserve.
The members of the board echoed Davis’s proud sentiments. Board Treasurer Jodie Wagner said, “I think Mandi, Sonja (Bacha, Administrative Assistant) and the ladies on the campaign team did an excellent job on being a presence in our community and educating our community members on the United Way and all of the wonderful programs the organization helps fund. The continued support from our community for many programs that rely solely on our funding to operate is wonderful.”
Co-Chair Mary Ann Quinn also commented on the impact that has been made through the work of the team and the “awesome” community. “Thank you to the Bradford area for never letting the local United Way down!”