United Way announces $1.68 million in allocations

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

JANESVILLE—United Way Blackhawk Region plans to award $1.68 million to 33 nonprofit organizations in 2017.

United Way's volunteer board of directors approved the funding Nov. 15 before notifying program partners Nov. 21, said Mary Fanning-Penny, president.

Grants depend on the success of the 2016 campaign, which has a goal of $2.4 million.

“It's imperative our community understand we're only able to deliver on this commitment if the campaign performs at an optimal level,” she said.

To date, the campaign has raised $763,600, which is 32 percent of the goal.

Fourteen of the 15 top-giving workplace campaigns still have not submitted final results, and there's still time to give, Fanning-Penny said.

The $1.68 million in grants will support 65 local health and human services programs led by 33 nonprofit organizations in Rock County and northern Winnebago County in Illinois.

The grants are divided into three areas:

-- $433,429 to help residents enjoy healthy lives.

-- $529,947 for education programs to help students learn and succeed.

-- $721,085 for adults and families to become self-sufficient.

In addition to the $1.68 million in grants to agencies, $46,000 will be invested in United Way's 2-1-1 information and referral service; grants to help agencies improve their infrastructure or increase their capacity; venture grant seed money for start-up programs; emergency funding for programs; and Get Connected, a free, mobile-friendly platform that connects people to volunteer opportunities in the Blackhawk Region.

United Way will keep $347,139 for administrative costs, which include staff, materials and facilities. Administrative costs are 16.7 percent of the fundraising goal.

United Way projects it will be unable to collect 5 percent of pledges and will have to direct pledges to other United Way campaigns as designated by givers total $222,400.

“We'll have a clearer sense of the projected results by the third week in March,” when the annual meeting is held, Fanning-Penny said.

With less than one-third of the campaign goal met, United Way leaders are heartened by the ability to recruit new campaigns.

Fanning-Penny acknowledged "a concerning downward trend in donor dollars" that she attributed in part to retirement of the baby boomers, who were some of United Way's longest-serving and biggest donors.

Nine fewer nonprofit organizations and 34 fewer programs are being awarded grants in 2017 than in 2016.

“A number of programs elected not to apply, found other funding streams, may have been restructured or discontinued. Also, an award in 2016 does not guarantee an award in 2017 in this highly competitive annual process,” she said.

“Organizations able to articulate their results and addressing those root causes of social problems are seeing consistent or increased investment from United Way,” she said.

Grant requests totaled $1.97 million for 2017, Fanning-Penny said.

“Our responsibility remains to our donors, partners and ultimately the neighbors they serve, to invest United Way dollars where they are most effective and achieve the highest level of impact,” she said.


United Way Blackhawk Region plans these allocations in 2017:

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, $54,000

-- Fatherhood Initiative, $30,000

-- AWARE, $16,000

-- Beloit Fresh Start Program, $10,000

-- Personal Responsibility Empowerment Program (PREP), $10,000

Total: $180,000

Stateline Boys & Girls Club

-- Youth Development and Guidance Program, $140,000

YWCA Rock County

-- CARE House, $44,200

-- Alternatives to Violence, $42,000

-- Immigrant Outreach Services, $30,000

-- Transitions for Women, $9,000

Total: $125,200

Salvation Army Beloit

-- Feeding Program, $45,000

-- Corps Community Center, $25,000

-- Food pantry, $11,000

-- Rental payment services, $10,000

Total: $91,000

Catholic Charities

-- FACE–Kids, $41,173

-- Family counseling, $25,257

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

Total: $71,430

Merrill Community Center

-- Youth Program, $58,000

-- Senior Program, $13,000

Total: $71,000

Beloit Meals on Wheels

-- Home delivered meals, $60,000

Stateline Family YMCA

-- Beloit childcare, after-school care and day camp scholarships, $27,760

-- Beloit youth program scholarships, $22,049

-- Beloit youth membership scholarships, $9,808

Total: $59,617

HealthNet of Rock County

-- Dental care, $30,000

-- Primary medical care, $26,380

-- Vision care, $2,630

Total: $59,010

Retired and 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

American Red Cross Badgerland

-- Disaster services, $52,125

Boys & Girls Club of Janesville

-- Youth Development and Guidance Program, $50,000

Salvation Army Janesville

-- Family Social Services Assistance Program, $40,000

-- Youth Development Community Center, $6,450

Total: $46,450


-- ECHO Way Home, $45,000

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

Janesville Community Day Care Center

-- Ruger site tuition assistance, $37,000

Lutheran Social Services

-- Counseling program, $16,500

-- Runaway and Youth Services (RAYS), $10,150

-- Enrichment Center, $4,750

Total: $31,400

Edgerton Community Outreach

-- Client services, $20,000

-- Food pantry, $10,000

Total: $30,000

Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills (SMILES)

-- Equine assisted therapy, $22,000

-- Scholarship fund, $4,000

Total: $26,000

Senior Services of Rock County

-- Benefit Specialist Program, $21,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters

-- Lunch Buddies mentoring program, $20,000

Hands of Faith

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

Independent Disability Services

-- Independent Living Program, $17,250

Rock Communities Youth Network

-- Rock Communities Youth Network, $15,000

Beloit Regional Hospice

-- Palliative care program, $11,630

Nutrition & Health Associates

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

Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin

-- Supportive care, $7,500

KANDU Industries

-- Waiting list project, $7,500

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

-- Case management, $5,000

Project 16:49

-- Robin House, $5,000

Community Coordinated Child Care

-- Training and quality improvement services, $3,500

Wisconsin Badger Camp

-- Campership Program, $3,500

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