United Way of Broward County Invests $1.5 Million In Community Health Initiatives

Natalie Horowitz
June 6, 2011

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – (May 26, 2011) – United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors approved Health funding allocations totaling $1.5 million to be distributed to local non-profit agencies for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. Funded programs will address critical issues and gaps in services within target areas including: special needs/disabilities, mental health, healthy choices, senior care, HIV/AIDS prevention, support/Hospice care, training, domestic violence, substance abuse and health services/clinics.

"Committees consisting of United Way of Broward County donors and volunteers with experience in the health care field attended presentations and evaluated each program," said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. "The dollars were stretched as far as possible and the funds will focus on the most urgent needs of the community."

Allocations decisions are based on the merits of the proposed programs and the measurable outcomes listed in the written applications. United Way of Broward County received 73 proposals from 58 local agencies and 26 of those programs will be funded. The average amount of the funded programs is $56,000, with funding ranging from $25,000 to $150,000. Through federal, state and local matching, every unrestricted dollar invested in United Way of Broward County represents roughly $4 back to the community.

The focus of United Way’s Health impact area is to support the access and availability of essential preventative and supportive health programs and services for individuals and families in Broward County. United Way of Broward County unites the resources of donors and volunteers to identify the community’s most pressing needs and creates measurable results in the areas of Education, Income and Health.

In addition, United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors voted to approve further Health funding allocations towards its Supporting Broward’s Military Families initiative. The funded programming will address the primary challenges facing military families in Broward County. A total of $250,000 per year, for the next three years, will sustain a collaborative effort between Nova Southeastern University and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8195.

The Health impact area allocations will cover a three-year cycle. From 2011-2014, more than $3 million per year will be allocated towards Education and Income initiatives. United Way of Broward County anticipates soliciting applications for its Education and Income impact areas again for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. For a full list of agencies funded by United Way of Broward County, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.

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