United Way of Central Maryland is behind in campaign contributions, but officials pin the problem on slow returns rather than a sluggish economy.
"I don't see any indication the economy is having an adverse effect," said Mel Tansill, a United Way spokesman. "But companies are not reporting as fast as they did last year."
Mr. Tansill said the 1991 campaign, which ends Nov. 15, had collected $15.2 million as of Friday. That amount is less than half of the organization's $34.7 million goal. Last year, United Way was more than 50 percent toward its target by this time.
Still, Mr. Tansill said campaign officials were pleased that corporate and employee gifts had increased at the companies that had reported.
"At companies who have completed their campaigns, employee giving is 7 percent ahead of last year, and corporate giving is 15 percent ahead," he said yesterday.
United Way of Central Maryland supports more than 300 social service agencies in Baltimore and five area counties.
About 3,500 companies support United Way, but only 1,500 have RTC reported.