United Way of Pottawatomie County just set in motion a change to its fiscal year, which will alter current allocations to its partnering agencies while the new business model is put in place.

United Way of Pottawatomie County just set in motion a change to its fiscal year, which will alter current allocations to its partnering agencies while the new business model is put in place.

In mid-December the nonprofit's board unanimously voted to make the change, shifting the new fiscal year to July of 2019.

“Board members recognized the change is a more fiscally responsible approach to the allocation process,” Executive Director Lindsay Dyer said.

In past years, Pottawatomie County's United Way operated on a January-to-December fiscal year.

Dyer said goals were projected and allocations were granted by analyzing previous campaign giving.

“In short, allocations to United Way partner agencies took place before final campaign pledge numbers had been totaled,” she said. “The new July-to-June fiscal year will allow for allocations to be based on received pledges and create a more stable process long term for distributing funding to partner agencies.”

Dyer said the new business model and fiscal year change means that there will not be an allocation in 2018 for its 21 partner agencies.

“They will still be receiving the funds already allocated to them until July of 2019,” she said. “Instead of the money being split over 12 months, it will be spread over 18 months.”

After final numbers are reported in March of 2019, Dyer said the allocation process will take place for 2019 partner agencies.


Dyer said she is excited about the change.

“Agencies are excited to see the progression to the new business model for United Way; the change has been received really well,” she said.

As the business model makes the new adjustments, Dyer said the local United Way also is making other internal changes to be a better overall resource for their partner agencies.

“Beginning this year, United Way of Pottawatomie County has hired a full-time Community Relations Coordinator, Amanda Johnson, to be a marketing and networking resource for partner agencies,” she said.

By connecting resources and offering marketing assistance, Dyer said partner agencies will be better equipped to fulfill their missions and build stronger communities throughout Pottawatomie County and surrounding areas.

For more information or to give to United Way of Pottawatomie County, visit www.unitedwaypottco.org or contact the office at (405) 273-4012.