Louisville is getting a $765,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation to help boost local after-school programs for at-risk children and teens. Mayor Greg Fischer says the money will also help with the implementation of YouthPrint, an initiative to help youngsters make better use of their out-of-school time. In announcing the grant, the educational foundation noted… Continue reading Louisville Receives Wallace Foundation Grant
The organization did not set a public goal for this year’s campaign. CEO Joe Tolan said the idea was to help people understand that even with the enormous success of the fund drive, there is always more need.
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro United Way first put out the call for volunteers and projects for those volunteers to work on late last year. Kelly Garvey with the United Way says she expected about 30 nonprofits to submit projects, and about 300 people to volunteer. But 64 projects were submitted and more than 700 volunteers signed up.
By this time last year, the organization had brought in 24.5 million dollars. So far, 24.8 million dollars has been raised for the current campaign. Spokesperson Mark Zanni says at this pace, the United Way could surpass the 27.1 million dollars raised in total last year.
The ceremony does not mark the end of the campaign, which runs through March. Instead, officials will give an update on this year’s fundraising. While previous campaigns have sought to raise nearly 30 million dollars each year, spokesperson Mark Zanni says there was no goal for 2010.
The American Cancer Society in Louisville says more volunteers are needed to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments.
Metro United Way has released a list of agencies that will receive funding from its 2009 campaign. The group will distribute more than $21 million to some 90 recipients, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Boy Scouts of America.
by Andy Freudenberg Louisville’s annual Kindergarten Countdown kicked off this morning at the Children’s Department at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. The program is sponsored by Metro United Way. Mayor Jerry Abramson told a group of children at the kickoff that the program is a chance for some preschool-age children to… Continue reading Metro United Way Kicks Off Kindergarten Countdown
The Metro United Way announced the results of its current campaign today. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. This year’s campaign collected just over $27 million, falling short of Metro United Way’s goal of raising as much as last year’s campaign — $28.5 million. President and CEO Joe Tolan says the economy was a huge factor, with… Continue reading Metro United Ways Falls a Bit Short of Campaign Goal
Winners named earlier this month for Metro United Way’s Social Innovation Prize met today for the first of many planned discussions. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Among the five winners are Breaking New Grounds, which works to create jobs through sustainable urban agriculture; The Stewards Staff, which works to develop leadership skills among young people;… Continue reading United Way Mentors Groups with Innovative Ideas