POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Capital Area United Way (CAUW) announced that community investments for the 2013 – 2014 year totaled $8,056,849. While overall campaign collections were down for several years, this year’s community investments exceed the 2012 – 2013 total by more than $166,000.
The investments are focused in the areas of education, income, and health. Program investments are determined by a committee of more than 70 volunteers from across the community assessing programs and outcomes. These volunteers include representatives from companies with workplace campaigns, retirees from local businesses, community leaders and concerned citizens. Through the collective input of these volunteers, the investments are determined on a program-by-program basis to reflect the greatest needs in our community. Distribution by program category will be as follows:
Over $7.3 million will be invested directly back into the community through community partner programs and impact initiatives. This amount includes 113 programs focused on education, income and health, provided by 47 Community Partner Agencies, as well as initiatives, such as our 10-year early childhood commitment to ensure every child in the Capital Area enters school ready to learn.
“Declining campaign revenues continue to mean hardships for people in our 10-parish service area,” said Richard Williams, interim President/CEO for Capital Area United Way. “There are meaningful programs that make a real difference in peoples’ lives that we are unable to fund unless we are able to generate additional revenue. That’s where we seek help from the public to step up in this next campaign season.”
Capital Area United Way received $8,938,110.63 in pledges, donations, sponsorships, and event revenue for the 2012 campaign. This represents $1.3 million less than the previous year’s total.
“While the need in the community has become greater because of hard economic times, our campaigns have steadily declined,” said Williams. “Companies and individuals that have continued to step up to help provide funding for needed services, initiatives, and programs are the real heroes in our community,” Williams adds.
The opportunity for corporations to provide leadership and share their time, talent, and treasure has never been more important than now. “A strong corporate campaign is vitally important to the Capital Area, and the thousands of young children, youth, elderly adults, and disabled individuals that count on Capital Area United Way and its 113 community partner programs and services,” says Christy Reeves, board chair for CAUW.
CAUW has worked to fill the gaps by applying for grants such as the Social Innovation Fund, which provides $2,000,000 of federal funding, renewable up to $5,000,000, to identify, evaluate and expand promising programs providing early childhood interventions. CAUW is also implementing Help Me Grow, a national model and the first in Louisiana, to help address many of the health issues that undermine children’s school readiness.
Capital Area United Way
Mobilizing our community through collaborative efforts to advance the common good Capital Area United Way works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. This is done through our focus on education, income, and health. With your support, more than 110 programs that have measurable results in these three focus areas are currently being funded. These programs touch the lives of thousands in our 10-parish Capital Area and are making a positive impact on a daily basis. To give, advocate, or volunteer please visit CAUW.org.