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We must be good stewards with your money

By Jeff Huber • Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 4:25 PM

This is Campaign Kickoff Week for the Norwalk Area United Fund. This is the first of a series of articles highlighting the organization.

 

How do donations that are entrusted to the United Fund get allocated to the various programs and causes in our service area? The members of the budget & admissions (B&A) committee shoulders this responsibility.

The B&A is probably the most important committee within the United Fund. However, many have never heard of it or understand its role in improving our communities.

When an individual, business or organization makes a donation to the United Fund it is the B&A’s responsibility to ensure that those funds are put to good use. The committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers whom are tasked with evaluating every request for funding that the United Fund receives.

Each year 10 to 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds are selected to serve in this capacity. Some come from the United Fund board of directors while others are enlisted from our community and local businesses. Our volunteers have expertise in social programs, local government, accounting, finance, education and a broad range of other skills.

Non-profit organizations who request funds to support local programs are evaluated objectively as to their ability to meet the current needs of our communities. Education, health and changing families are at the core of programs selected to receive funding. Our primary mission is to support programs that help to break the cycle of poverty and improve and enrich the lives of those in our service area. It is imperative that our donors dollars are invested to provide lasting benefits to our communities.

B&A members are required to conduct in-depth analysis of all aspects of a funding request. They visit with each requesting organization to evaluate need, fiscal responsibility and (most importantly), outcomes or results. The B&A then makes recommendations to the United Fund board of directors as to which requests are to receive support.

Donations made to the United Fund are a wise investment. The B&A committee provides in-depth analysis of all non-profit organizations seeking funds and delivers a level of due diligence that few individual donors investing in our community could hope to achieve.

We must be good stewards of the funds that are entrusted to us. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Jeff Huber and Brett Montague are board members and budget & admissions co-chairs.

The United Fund has kicked off its 142nd community campaign to raise donations for its annual funding cycle and community grants. Call 419-668-0269 for more information.

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