$2 Million Dollar Goal met by
We did it! As a community we are one of the few United Way’s in the country that not only met goal, but also exceeded it. Because of you, the United Way for South Louisiana saw a record campaign of $2,001,473, which is an increase of 6.7 percent.
Gifts to the United Way for South Louisiana helped 29 member agencies provide 32 programs in the parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne, as well as, many other health and human service organizations. Just a small sampling of the services these agencies provide, is a way out for victims of family violence, assistance for seniors and people with disabilities, youth looking for a place to go, and healthcare for those who would otherwise go without.
Don Hingle, President of South Central Region of Whitney Bank, led a volunteer campaign cabinet of community and business leaders to help raise the level of impact this year. Steven Crispino, Vice President of South Louisiana Bank, will lead the next campaign with a focus on uniting community stakeholders and business leaders to come together and address issues facing the future of South Louisiana.
Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of United Way for South Louisiana’s donations come from individual donors with 27 percent coming from corporate gifts. Besides funding United Way for South Louisiana member agencies, $86,025 of this year’s donations will also support many local health and human service agencies in our area. This is due to United Way for South Louisiana’s Donor Option Program. Our Untied Way firmly believes in supporting the preference of our donors. The Donor Option Program allows donors to designate their money to agencies that are not members of the United Way family.
A committee of over 40 volunteers from the four-parish area plays a major role in the allocation of campaign fund to the United Way for South Louisiana Members agencies. The allocations to United Way for South Louisiana agencies are as follows:
In many cases, United Way for South Louisiana receives non-monetary donations from local retail businesses. These items may include new clothes, toys, household items and office supplies. Items donated to United Way for South Louisiana and its member agencies totaled $ 69,378 dollars.
With the success of this year’s campaign United Way for South Louisiana will also be able to offer The Venture Grant Program for the 2003 year. Venture Grants are designed to provide start up money for new programs in Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes. Venture Grants are available to agencies with 501 (c) (3) ax-exempt status or agencies that are sponsored by a tax-exempt agency.
For more information on the Venture Grant Program please refer to our website.
People from all walks of life – ethnicity, religion, age, lifestyle, and income – find help at one or more of United Way for South Louisiana’s member agencies. Last year alone thousands of individuals and families across South Louisiana were helped because of your generosity.
Persons needing information or assistance are invited t call the United Way for South Louisiana at 985-879-2461. Volunteers and employers who would like to institute a United Way Campaign at their place of business are also invited to call.