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United Way Blackhawk Region announces 2016 allocations

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

JANESVILLE--United Way Blackhawk Region plans to award $1.9 million to 42 nonprofit organizations in 2016.

The United Way volunteer board of directors unanimously approved the funding before notifying program partners earlier this month, said Mary Fanning-Penny, president.

Grants are contingent on the success of the 2015 campaign goal of $2.82 that leaders are “cautiously optimistic” will be met, she said.

To date, the campaign has raised $1.57 million, which is 55.6 percent of the goal.

Dollar-for-dollar challenge grants from the Janesville Foundation for $30,000 and the Beloit Foundation for $60,000 helped maximize the community's investment, Fanning-Penny said.

“Still, there are a few businesses with traditionally substantial campaigns that have yet to submit final results,” said Donna Sykora, volunteer campaign cabinet chairwoman, in an issued statement.

“If you haven't had the opportunity to give through a workplace campaign, then there's still time to make a gift,” she said.

The $1.9 million in grants will support 99 health and human services programs led by 42 nonprofit organizations in Rock County and northern Winnebago County in Illinois.

The grants are divided into three categories:

-- $829,487 to help individuals and families meet their basic needs and achieve and sustain self-sufficiency.

-- $615,297 for education programs to help children and youth have supportive learning and development opportunities.

-- $463,904 for programs to help residents enjoy healthy lives.

Two new programs are getting funding:

-- $5,000 for Project 16:49's Robin House, a housing and skill development program for 18- to 21-year-olds seeking graduation from high school.

-- $1,000 for a scholarship program through SMILES, an equine therapy assistance organization.

In addition to the $1.9 million in grants to agencies, $45,000 will be invested in the  2-1-1- information and referral service, in grants to help agencies improve their infrastructure or increase their capacity and in emergency funding for programs.

The United Way will keep $549,232, including $374,918 for management, staff and benefits; $135,328 for staff, benefits, materials and resources for year-around grant management; and $38,986 for building operating expenses.

The amount kept by the United Way is 19.4 percent of the fundraising goal.

“We are well within the guidelines established by United Way Worldwide and pride ourselves on being responsible stewards of the community's charitable investments,” Fanning-Penny said.

“We are the only nonprofit in Rock County to earn four out of a four-star rating from Charity Navigator,” she said.

The United way anticipates being unable to collect $140,000 in pledges, and will forward $59,000 to other United Way campaigns as designated by givers.

The soft close of United Way's 2015 fundraising campaign is Thursday, Dec. 31.

“We try to encourage campaigns to report, if possible, by the end of the year,” Fanning-Penny said.

The campaign officially wraps up before the Live United annual meeting March 23, she said.

Seventeen of the 2016 grants include contingencies that impose requirements on the recipient agencies, Fanning-Penny said. Five contingencies were issued in 2015, she said.

“As a partner, we are responsible for ensuring donor dollars are invested in programming that demonstrates results in meeting the needs of our community. So investments may be awarded in a way that encourages and requires our partners to look with fresh eyes at the way they record and report the outcomes of their work, Fanning-Penny said.

“What it boils down is to accountability to ensure donor dollars are invested in programs that are delivering effective and measurable results,” Fanning-Penny said.

UNITED WAY ALLOCATIONS

The United Way Blackhawk Region plans the following allocations to these organizations in 2016:

Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

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

-- CASA of Rock County, $42,500

-- Sexual Assault Recovery Program, $38,000

-- Individual and Family Counseling, $35,000

-- Youth2Youth, $25,000

-- Consumer Credit Counseling, $12,500

-- Home Companion Registry, $10,000

Total: $223,000

Community Action

-- Community Kids Program, $60,000

-- Transitional Living Program, $50,500

-- Fatherhood Initiative, $30,000

-- AWARE, $15,000

-- Beloit Fresh Start Program, $8,000

-- Personal Responsibility Empowerment Program $8,000

Total: $171,500

Stateline Boys & Girls Club

-- Personal development and education, $45,00

-- Social recreation, $37,500

-- Citizenship and leadership, $37,100

-- Outdoor Program, $18,000

-- Cultural enrichment, $1,200

-- Physical education, $1,200

Total $140,000

YWCA Rock County

-- CARE House, $44,200

-- Alternatives to Violence, $40,000

-- Immigrant Outreach Services, $29,650

-- Transitions for Women, $8,800

Total: $122,650

Salvation Army Beloit

-- Feeding program, $45,000

-- Corps Community Center, $29,000

-- Food pantry, $10,000

-- Rent payment services, $10,000

Total: $94,000

American Red Cross Badgerland

-- Disaster services, $69,500

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

Total: $75,000

Merrill Community Center

-- Youth program, $61,000

-- Senior program, $14,000

Total: $75,000

Catholic Charities

-- FACE-Kids, $39,614

-- Family counseling, $24,054

-- Recreation for adults with disabilities, $5,000

Total: $68,668

Stateline Family YMCA

-- Beloit childcare, after school care and day camp scholarships, $28,000

-- Beloit youth program scholarships, $14,926

-- Beloit youth membership scholarships, $10,000

-- Roscoe child care, after school care and day camp scholarships, $2,833

-- Roscoe youth membership scholarships, $1,715

-- Roscoe youth program scholarships, $1,493

-- LIVESTRONG, $650

Total: $59,617

HealthNet of Rock County

-- Primary medical care, $30,600

-- Dental care, $26,400

-- Vision care, $2,500

Total: $59,500

Beloit Meals on Wheels

-- Home delivered meals, $58,600

Total: $58,600

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program

-- Seniors Volunteering for Seniors, $34,335

-- Intergenerational program, $10,087

-- Community referrals, $9,802

-- In home groups, $2,625

Total: $56,849

Stateline Literacy Council

-- English as a Second Language, $35,000

-- Adult basic education, $15,477

Total: $50,477

Boys & Girls Club of Janesville

-- Youth development and guidance program, $50,000

Total: $50,000

Salvation Army Janesville

-- Family social services assistance program, $40,000

-- Youth development community center, $6,600

Total: $46,600

Voluntary Action Center

-- Volunteer center, $35,000

-- Grant center, $10,000

Total: $45,000

Janesville Community Day Care Center

-- Ruger site tuition assistance, $35,000

-- Infant center tuition assistance, $9,500

Total: $44,500

Lutheran Social Services

-- Counseling program, $16,000

-- Positive parenting, $11,500

-- Runaway and Youth Services, $10,800

-- Enrichment center, $5,000

Total: $43,300

Glacier's Edge Council Boy Scouts of America

-- Cub Scouts, $28,140

-- Boy Scouts, $13,860

Total:  $42,000

Girl Scouts Badgerland Council

-- Leadership experience, $41,000

Total: $41,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters

-- Lunch Buddies mentoring program, $40,000

Total: $40,000

Edgerton Community Outreach

-- Client services, $20,000

-- Food pantry, $10,000

-- Breakfast program, $500

Total: $30,500

The Literacy Connection

-- Adult literacy education, $28,000

Total: $28,000

SMILES Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills

-- Equine assisted therapy, $25,000

-- Scholarship fund (new program), $1,000

Total: $26,000

ECHO

-- ECHO Way Home, $25,000

Total: $25,000

Independent Disability Services

-- Respite at risk, $25,000

Total: $25,000

Senior Services of Rock County

-- Benefit specialist program, $21,500

Total: $21,500

Energy Services

-- Crisis case management, $20,000

Total: $20,000

Hands of Faith

-- Emergency shelter for homeless families, $18,500

Total: $18,500

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Community Services

-- Exchange Family Resource Center/Evansville, $9,372

-- Families and Community Together (FACT), $6,780

Total: $16,152

YMCA of Northern Rock County

-- Youth membership scholarships/Janesville, $2,500

-- Preschool and day camps scholarships/Janesville, $2,325

-- Aquatic program scholarships/Janesville, $2,500

-- Youth program scholarships/Janesville, $2,000

-- Youth membership scholarships/Milton, $1,825

-- Youth program scholarships/Milton, $1,825

-- Preschool and day camp scholarships/Milton, $1,800

-- Youth activity center scholarships/Milton, $1,000

Total: $15,775

Rock Communities Youth Network

-- Rock Communities Youth Network, $15,000

Total: $15,000

KANDU Industries

-- Waiting list project, $13,000

Total: $13,000

Family Respite Care Services

-- Combined night of respite/siblings camp, $11,000

Total: $11,000

Nutrition & Health Associates

-- Prenatal care and nutrition education, $10,500

Total: $10,500

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin, Inc.

-- Supportive care, $5,000

-- Community education, $2,500

Total: $7,500

AIDS Network

-- Case management, $5,000

Total: $5,000

Project 16:49

-- Robin House (new program), $5,000

Total: $5,000

Wisconsin Badger Camp

-- Campership program, $3,500

Total: $3,500

City of Evansville

-- Evansville Youth Center, $3,000

Total: $3,000

Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C's)

-- Professional development, $1,500

Total: $1,500



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