United Way shifts focus for funding

Author: South Bend Tribune

Allocations slanted toward programs that are 'proactive'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Decent revenue from its annual campaign helped the United Way of St. Joseph County boost funding to local programs by 1.7 percent, or $16,845, for a total of $985,000 in the funding year that began July 1.

And, in an effort this year to support more proactive programs, the United Way shifted the priorities for how that sum was divvied up among local charities, said United Way CEO Matt Harrington. Out of three funding categories, the pool of dollars to allocate to Education programs grew from 30 percent of the total dollars to 40 percent, and the Income and Financial Stability category grew from 10 percent to 15 percent.

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