Triangle United Way announces distribution of $5.33M to nonprofits

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

Nonprofits like the Durham Literacy Center, the Durham Center for Senior Life and Durham Congregations in Action got a piece of a $5.33 million pie whose distribution was announced by the United Way of the Greater Triangle Tuesday.

The nonprofit, based in Morrisville, provides funding to other nonprofits in Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

The group raised $10.6 million in donations for nonprofits in its 2012 fundraising campaign. That included donations pre-designated for specific causes, as well as $5.33 million in Give United funds whose distribution was announced Tuesday.

The organization chose 16 new programs to support on top of 71 nonprofits it has already worked with.

About half of the $5.33 million was designated for health-related programs, 35 percent was designated for education and about 13 percent was given to financial stability programs, according to a news release.

Within those three categories, the release said the nonprofit newly focused on allocating money in five areas: affordable, permanent housing; financial management; sustaining employment and income support; food and other basic needs; and access to health care.

 “We anticipate great success from our new focus and new direction, and look forward to continued great relationships with agencies and people throughout the region,” the nonprofit’s CEO, Mack Koonce, said in the release.

According to a break-down of the Durham County impact of the distribution, the nonprofit said $535,649 went to organizations that operate education programs in Durham County, which was down about 16 percent compared to the allocation to programs in the category last year.

Allocations went to programs of organizations including to Communities in Schools of Durham Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, and others.

The nonprofit allocated $533,975 to Durham County health programs. That was up 23 percent compared to the amount that went to programs in that category last year.

Recipients included the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Senior PharmAssist, the Durham Department of Social Services, the Durham Crisis Response Center and the Volunteer Center of Durham.

For financial stability programs in Durham County, the nonprofit allotted $127,464, up 28 percent compared with funding to programs in that category last year. Nonprofits that received funding for financial stability programs included the Durham Economic Resource Center, Genesis Home and Reinvestment Partners.

“Money is being invested for the people of Durham,” said Angie Welsh, senior vice president of community impact for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.