Janesville66.2°

United Way announces 2014 allocations

Comments Comments Print Print
Shelly Birkelo
December 20, 2013

United Way Blackhawk Region in 2014 plans to allocate $2.79 million, including funding for 101 programs run by 42 agencies.

It will be the first year allocations are distributed by the Blackhawk Region, which was created by the merger of the United Way of North Rock County headquartered in Janesville and the Stateline United Way headquartered in Beloit.

The Blackhawk Region has offices in both communities.

The awards are based on the 2013 campaign goal of $2.8 million leaders anticipate will be raised through pledges and other income.

Amounts are:

-- $1.95 million to fund 101 health and human services programs administered by 42 nonprofit agencies in Rock County and Winnebago County, Ill.

The biggest chunk, $799,956, will fund programs in United Way's income category that help individuals sustain themselves, such as disaster services at the American Red Cross and meal home delivery by Beloit Meals on Wheels, said Steve Kinkade, president.

Programs focusing on education such as Big Brothers Big Sister's Lunch Buddies mentoring program and Community Action's Community Kids Program will receive $768,157.

Health programs including the Sexual Assault Recovery Program and HealthNet of Rock County's new vision care program will be awarded $381,886.

-- $566,000 to United Way for management, general operating and fundraising expenses plus programs and associated salaries, which represents 20 percent of money raised.

“United Way always works at holding costs down, being good stewards with contributed dollars and frankly is one of the more efficient charities,” Kinkade said.

“When we work with government organizations or the Combined Federal Campaign, which is the solicitation conducted among federal employees at all of the federal agencies throughout the country, their threshold is 25 percent for overhead or administration. So if you look at that sort of benchmark, you can see that United Way is certainly below that figure.”

Kinkade said the local United Way is operating more efficiently since the merger in 2012.

"Between the premerger and postmerger, we reduced expenditures by well over $100,000 through streamlining operations and getting leaner," he said.

This involved eliminating two programs and four staff positions, Kinkade said.

"We got out of providing direct services and shifted them over to partner agencies that were doing that, which reduced costs and translated into more funding for our program partners," Kinkade said.

-- $140,000 to allow for uncollectable pledges.

-- $120,000 in pledges designated by donors to go to other United Ways.

-- $15,000 in the second of two grants to HealthNet to secure a matching grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to provide dental services to low-income, uninsured residents of Rock County.

As of Tuesday, the campaign had reached the halfway mark, collecting $1.4 million in contributions, Kinkade said.

The campaign will wrap up before the March 26 annual meeting.

"We know there are a number of campaigns still going on and several campaigns with large employers that won't conduct their campaigns until after the first of the year," he said.

Kinkade said United Way leaders are confident dollars raised would be close to the goal.

"We are optimists, believe in the community and believe that the community understands the critical role the United Way system plays in the quality of life," he said.

Grant requests exceeded available dollars by $250,000, even though 2014 allocations increased by $112,000 and nearly 6 percent over the $1.84 million granted in 2013, Kinkade said.

"Each year, competition for these funds becomes stronger but so does the caliber of the programs that apply and the impact they have within the community," he said.

A committee of 30 volunteers decided what programs get how much money and devoted 450 hours to ensure programs seeking dollars met United Way's outcome standards before recommendations were made to the board for approval.

UNITED WAY GRANTS

United Way Blackhawk Region expects to award the following grants in 2014:

United Way Blackhawk Region

-- Management, general operating and fundraising expenses, $469,880

-- Community impact and initiatives, $39,628

-- Grant distribution, $35,287

-- 2-1-1 Wisconsin, $25,000

-- Community Services Building, $21,325

-- Venture grants, $10,000

Total: $601,120

Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

-- Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center, $60,000

-- Individual and Family Counseling, $50,000

-- Sexual Assault Recovery Program, $38,000

-- CASA of Rock County, $30,000

-- Youth2Youth, $25,000

-- Home Companion Registry, $24,996

-- Consumer Credit Counseling, $15,000

Total: $242,996

Community Action

-- Community Kids Program, $59,000

-- Transitional Living Program, $54,500

-- Teen Parent Connections, $38,000

-- Skills Enhancement, $14,800

-- AWARE, $14,000

-- Fatherhood Initiative, $10,000

-- Beloit Fresh Start Program, $3,000

Total: $193,300

YWCA of Rock County

-- CARE House, $44,200

-- Alternatives to Violence, $40,000

-- Immigrant Outreach Services, $29,650

-- Child Care Program, $10,500

-- Transitions for Women, $7,500

Total: $131,850

Stateline Boys & Girls Club

-- Personal Education, $38,000

-- Citizenship and Leadership, $36,000

-- Social Recreation, $31,000

-- Outdoor Program, $18,000

-- Physical Education, $1,000

-- Cultural Enrichment, $1,000

Total: $125,000

Beloit Meals on Wheels

-- Home Delivered Meals, $50,000

Salvation Army - Beloit

-- Feeding Program, $39,000

-- Corps Community Center, $39,000

-- Food Pantry, $15,000

Total: $93,000

American Red Cross

-- Disaster Services, $69,500

-- Service to the Armed Forces, $5,500

Total: $75,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters

-- Lunch Buddies Mentoring Program, $64,000

Stateline Literacy Council

-- English as a Second Language, $44,050

-- Adult Basic Education, $19,050

Total: $63,100

Stateline Family YMCA

-- Beloit Childcare, After School Care and Day Camp scholarships, $28,000

-- Beloit Youth Program scholarships, $15,300

-- Beloit Youth Membership scholarships, $10,000

-- Roscoe Childcare, After School Care and Day Camp scholarships, $3,072

-- Roscoe Youth Membership scholarships, $1,927

-- Roscoe Youth Program scholarships, $1,701

Total: $60,000

Voluntary Action Center

-- Volunteer Center, $45,000

-- Grant Center, $15,000

Total: $60,000

Salvation Army - Janesville

-- Family Social Services Assistance Program, $41,000

-- Pathways Transitional Housing Program, $11,000

-- Youth Development/Community Center, $4,000

Total: $56,000

Merrill Community Center

-- Youth Program, $55,500

HealthNet

-- Dental Care, $26,000

-- Primary Medical Care, $25,000

-- Vision Care, $4,000

Total: $55,000

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

-- Seniors Volunteering for Seniors, $32,700

-- Intergenerational Program, $9,607

-- Community Referrals, $9,335

-- In Home Groups, $2,500

Total: $54,142

Boys & Girls Club of Janesville

-- Youth Development & Guidance Program, $44,500

Catholic Charities

-- Family Counseling, $34,391

-- Recreation for Adults with Disabilities, $4,642

-- Child and Family Services, $4,422

Total: $43,455

Boy Scouts

-- Cub Scouts, $28,140

-- Boys Scouts, $13,860

Total: $42,000

Janesville Community Day Care Center

-- Ruger Site Tuition Assistance, $33,520

-- Infant Center Tuition Assistance, $8,380

Total: $41,900

Girl Scouts Badgerland Council

-- Leadership Experience, $40,000

The Literacy Connection

-- Adult Literacy Education, $26,500

Beloit Regional Hospice

-- Transitions, $25,000

Catholic Charities

-- FACE Kids, $25,000

SMILES

-- Equine Assisted Therapy, $25,000

Lutheran Social Services

-- Counseling Programs for Beloit and Janesville clinics, $14,288

-- Enrichment Center, $4,500

-- Adult Day Janesville and Beloit, $4,000

Total: $22,788

Energy Services

-- Crisis Case Management, $22,000

Senior Services of Rock County

-- Benefit Specialist Program, $21,500

Lutheran Social Services

-- Positive Parenting, $11,600

-- Runaway and Youth Services, $8,500

Total: $20,100

ECHO

-- ECHO Way Home, $20,000

Independent Disability Services

-- Respite at Risk, $20,000

Hands of Faith

-- Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families, $18,500

Edgerton Community Outreach

-- Client Services, $10,000

-- Food Pantry, $6,000

-- Breakfast Program, $1,375

Total: $17,375

YMCA of Northern Rock County

-- Aquatic Program scholarships - Janesville location, $2,850

-- Preschool and Day Camp scholarships - Janesville location, $2,500

-- Youth Membership scholarships - Janesville location, $2,500

-- Youth Program scholarships - Janesville location, $2,500

-- Preschool and Day Camp scholarships - Milton location, $2,000

-- Youth Membership scholarships - Milton location, $2,000

-- Youth Program scholarships - Milton location, $2,000

Total: $16,350

Merrill Community Center

-- Senior Program, $15,000

Nutrition & Health

-- Prenatal Care and Nutrition Education, $10,500

Family Respite Care Services

-- Combined Night of Respite/Sibs Camp, $10,000

Rock Communities Youth Network

-- Rock Communities Youth Network, $9,600

Children's Service Society

-- Exchange Family Resource Center of Evansville, $4,000

-- Families and Community Together, $3,500

Total: $7,500

Epilepsy Foundation

-- Supportive Care, $4,583

-- Community Education, $1,940

Total: $6,523

KANDU

-- Waiting List Project, $6,000

AIDS Network

-- Case Management, $5,000

Wisconsin Badger Camp

-- Campership Program, $3,120

Agrace Hospice

-- Grief and Bereavement Services, $2,500

Community Coordinated Child Care

-- Resource and Referral, $1,000

-- Professional Development, $1,000

Total: $2,000

City of Evansville

-- Evansville Youth Center, $1,400



Comments Comments Print Print