BATON ROUGE, LA – April 26, 2016 – Capital Area United Way (CAUW) officials announced today that $7.9 million will be invested in the community this year. This announcement comes at the end of a more than eight-year process that included community members, local nonprofits who receive funding from CAUW and numerous subject matter experts. Beginning July 1, 2016, $4,749,961 will be invested in 73 programs within 51 nonprofits. 33 are historically supported by CAUW and 18 are new to the CAUW funded program list. Each program will measure results in one of the CAUW focus areas—Education, Income Stability, Health and Basic Needs.
“We are excited to bring on new partners and to continue long-standing relationships,” said Ralph Bender, CAUW board chair. “This is a huge step into the future of our community.”
A total of $1,211,000 will be invested in CAUW programs and initiatives, which includes the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Youth Volunteer Corps, Volunteer Center and Summer Learning Gain.
In addition to these investments, $1,500,000 will be sent to specific nonprofit partners, based on donor restrictions. $498,500 will be used to bridge historically funded partners who are losing funding or receiving a reduction in funding.
“Because a partner is losing funding or receiving a reduction in funding does not necessarily mean the program was not a good program,” said Katie Pritchett, Vice President of Community Impact. “We have to ensure donor dollars are being used in the most impactful, efficient way.”
While the list of nonprofits funded by CAUW will change this year, the vision has not changed. CAUW will continue to work to create a community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential.