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June 23, 2013

United Way announces 2014 program budget

NORMAN — The United Way of Norman recently announced its program funding for 2013-14. The investment decisions were made following months of hard work by the volunteer members of four impact councils.

The United Way will invest more than $1.35 million in programs that meet basic and emergency needs, as well as programs that offer people a step up in their quality of life. Funding begins July 1.

“We’re excited to be able to distribute so much money to our funded partners this year,” said United Way of Norman President Kristin Collins. “That is due to incredible support from the community and the determination and drive of last year’s Campaign Chairs, Tom Cooper and Cindy Nashert.” 

A total of 45 programs from 29 organizations will receive financial support from the United Way over the next year. Of those programs, 13 received an increase in funding this year. United Way of Norman is also funding eight new programs.

“It’s great to be able to add new, quality programs that help us address community goals in our focus areas of Education, Income, Independence and Health and Safety,” said Collins.

Funding from United Way of Norman is awarded through a competitive grant process. In order to ensure that donor dollars are invested where they are most needed and can have the greatest impact, all funding decisions are based on how well programs fit within the United Way’s strategic plan to strengthen the community. All funding decisions are reviewed and approved by United Way of Norman’s Board of Directors.

“When the council met to determine how to distribute the money we were allocated, it was both rewarding and extremely stressful,” said Health and Safety Council Member Stephanie McGinnis. “We had a diverse group reviewing the programs as well as their evidence-based outcomes. While we wish we could fund every request, it is just not financially possible. That is why the process is so difficult. However, it is gratifying to know that the agencies funded through the United Way can continue to have such a positive effect on so many lives because of our supportive community.”

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