United Way to distribute $200k less

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JANESVILLE — The United Way Blackhawk Region will be distributing about $200,000 less to 33 non-profit agencies in Rock County as the United Way had a challenging start to its fundraising campaign.

“We started the campaign with about $200,000 of non-renewable funds,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny.

The Beloit Foundation, one of the premier philanthropic organizations in the Stateline Area and a big contributor to the United Way, disbursed its remaining funds and ceased to exist earlier this year. This was one of the contributing factors to the funding gap for the United Way this year.

In 2017, the United Way Blackhawk Region will distribute $1,730,461 to the 33 agencies. That is down from $1,953,688 distributed in 2016.

Still, several agencies received the same amount of funds that they received last year. Beloit Meals on Wheels actually saw an increase in funds, receiving $60,000 in the 2017 investment compared to $58,000 in 2016.

The Merrill Community Center, which closed in November, is set to receive $71,000, which is down from $75,000 which the agency received in 2016.

Even though the agency has closed, it was operating when the United Way campaign began and Fanning-Penny said there are indications there may be someone who will take up the center’s mission.

“We’re encouraged by conversations about other programming to meet the needs of the community,” she said. She added she cannot say who is involved in these discussions about services for the Merrill Center community.

In addition to the funding for non-profit agencies, the United Way is investing $25,000 in 2-1-1, a referral service providing 24-hour access to a person who can connect residents to local resources. Also, $10,000 will go to capacity building and venture grant funding and $10,000 will be set aside as emergency funding.

The United Way campaign currently is at 32 percent of its goal of raising $2.4 million. So far, $763,600 has been raised in the fundraising campaign.

Fund investments from the United Way Blackhawk Region for 2017 are:

• AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin - $5,000

• American Red Cross Badgerland - $52,125

• Beloit Meals on Wheels - $60,000

• Beloit Regional Hospice - $11,630

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters - $20,000

• Boys & Girls Club of Janesville - $50,000

• Catholic Charities - $71,430

• Community Action - $180,000

• Community Coordinated Child Care - $3,500

• ECHO - $45,000

• Edgerton Community Outreach - $30,000

• Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin - $7,500

• Family Services of SWANI - $223,000

• Girl Scouts Badgerland Council - $41,000

• Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts - $42,000

• Hands of Faith - $18,500

• HealthNet - $59,010

• Independent Disability Services - $17,250

• Janesville Community Day Care Center - $37,000

• KANDU Industries - $7,500

• Lutheran Social Services - $31,400

• Merrill Community Center - $71,000

• Nutrition & Health Associates - $10,500

• Project 16:59 - $5,000

• Rock Communities Youth Network - $15,000

• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - $15,000

• Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills - $26,000

• Salvation Army Beloit - $91,000

• Salvation Army Janesville - $46,450

• Senior Services of Rock County - $21,500

• Stateline Boys & Girls Club - $140,000

• Stateline Family YMCA - $59,617

• Wisconsin Badger Camp - $3,500

• YWCA Rock County - $125,200

• United Way’s 2-1-1 - $25,000

• Capacity Building and Venture Grants - $10,000

• Emergency Funding - $10,000

• Get Connected - $1,000

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