The economy seems to be taking its toll on the giving spirit, lately. The United Way 2016 fundraising campaign has been a challenging one, to say the least, Maile Hopkins, interim executive director of the Pottawatomie County United Way, said. Donor dollars are reporting very low this year, she said.

The economy seems to be taking its toll on the giving spirit, lately.

The United Way 2016 fundraising campaign has been a challenging one, to say the least, Maile Hopkins, interim executive director of the Pottawatomie County United Way, said.

Donor dollars are reporting very low this year, she said.

The group’s campaign typically runs from September through November, with a few stragglers in December.

Hopkins said the last couple years have reported lower figures.

“Giving has decreased greatly due to the state of the Oklahoma economy, and with only a few outside accounts, general designations, and state and federal designations left to receive pledging from, the possibility of reaching our $625,000 goal is slim,” she said.

Hopkins said the nonprofit hasn’t met that goal in the past three years.

“Despite all this, our donors have still donated their time and money,” she said. “We appreciate the perseverance of our longstanding donors who, despite these hard times, have continued to support us.”

Hopkins said the United Way board of directors decided that the most responsible and proactive choice, in order to be good stewards of the funding they have received, is to cut partner agency allocation amounts by 15 percent across the board effective immediately.

“We value our partner agencies greatly, and strongly believe in the services each one provides to Pott. County,” Hopkins said. “This decision did not come lightly, or without grief.”

Our giving leaders have been working so hard and we appreciate their efforts to keep pushing through, she said.

“Given the state of the economy, we are fortunate to only have to cut this much,” she said.

Hopkins said the Pott. County United Way is standing at $450,000 right now, $175,000 short of the goal.

After this cut, the nonprofit will still be allocating over $350,000 to the 18 agencies it supports to enhance the services they provide to the community.

She said there are still a few donor dollars left to report and some other fundraising avenues to explore.

“We plan to make the best out of the next couple of months until we receive final numbers in March,” she said. “It could be that we raise more than expected, and can do a special allocation or pay back a percentage of the cut.”

It is not too late to give, Hopkins said.

To donate, call the office at (405) 273-4012 or email Hopkins at maile@unitedwaypottco.org.

 

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