United Way of Broward County Invests More Than $6.8 Million in Community Initiatives

June 16, 2010

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – (June 16) – United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors approved a package of more than $6.8 million in health and human service investments designed to deliver measurable results in the areas of health, education and income to be disbursed starting in July.

“United Way of Broward County volunteers considered Broward County’s most pressing community needs with those programs that would have the greatest positive impact,” said Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “Volunteers base their decisions on the design and cost-effectiveness of the program as well as the ability of the program to attract matching grants and other funding sources.”

With the downturn in the economy and the increased demands placed on social service nonprofit organizations, the needs in Broward County have greatly increased. By the investment application review process deadline in January 2010, United Way of Broward County received 86 applications requesting more than $7.3 million. After the rigorous volunteer-driven application review process was completed, 35 programs were selected for three year funding in the areas of Education and Income. Funding under the Health impact area will continue as a multiyear commitment.

Specific funding recommendations made by volunteer teams under the areas of Education and Income were submitted to United Way’s Community Advisory Council to approve.  Finally, these recommendations went before United Way’s Board of Directors who gave its final funding approval on June 16.  Notification letters have been sent to all agencies.

Under the impact area of Education, $1,351,500 in funding will facilitate programming and attention to issues ranging from early childhood education to one-on-one mentoring services for at-risk youth. The Income impact area received $1,658,100 to provide a range of programs from legal defense for families facing foreclosure to career services for ex-offenders looking for a stable income.

The impact area of Health received $2,179,813 in funding as part of a multiyear contract established last year. The funding will continue to lead the effort in decreasing the instances of child abuse and/or neglect by addressing parental substance abuse issues.

Donor directed investments totaled an additional $1.6 million. Through federal, state and local matching, every unrestricted dollar invested in United Way of Broward County represents approximately $6 back to the community. Combined with United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse grants and a financial representation of volunteer time, United Way of Broward County’s investment in the community represents approximately $47 million in local community impact initiatives.

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