United Way lists recipients of funds About $24 million will be divided among 69 groups

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The American Red Cross is getting $2.8 million. Hearth Inc., a small nonprofit organization that backs affordable housing in southwest Baltimore County, receives $12,000.

Encompassing these two extremes, 69 member agencies of United Way of Central Maryland are being given almost $24 million from the 1995 fund drive, United Way said.

The total distribution of $32,770,799 includes almost $9 million that donors earmarked for more than 2,000 charities that aren't members and $1.2 million for United Way's direct services such as an around-the-clock help line.

The 1995 fund drive raised $36.2 million, falling short of the $36.5 million total that United Way announced Dec. 12. "We lost $300,000 in anticipated revenues because the collections didn't come in from the federal government when it shut down that month," said Larry E. Walton, president since Jan. 1.

In the first public listing in recent years of United Way members' grants here, Walton said it had been his policy for 15 years as director of the Richmond United Way to report who gets what. "If donors are kind enough to make contributions, we should be kind enough to tell them how we spend their money."

He said 7 percent of the total "collected" was "uncollectible." This is "shrinkage," which he described as a normal fund-raising problem of pledges not fulfilled by people who left their jobs or for other reasons. He said "Baltimore does very well in this regard. Most communities report uncollectible funds of 10 or 11 percent."

The 1995 total was $1.2 million more than the $35 million raised in 1994.

For its operations, United Way has budgeted $4,690,971 for the fiscal year starting July 1, including pay for 97 full-time staffers, training, and advertising and marketing expenses for the fall campaign, the agency said.

The Central Maryland unit is sending $238,350 for United Way of America services, to pay for such national expenses as the ads televised during National Football League games.

A spokesman said it is not possible to equate the administrative budget with the difference between the amount raised and that allocated to recipients because of interest income and the fact that allocations are spread throughout the year.

The spokesman said "87 cents of every dollar is returned to the community for service."

Decisions on how much member agencies receive are made by 120 volunteers, such as business and labor people, teachers, and lawyers. Still others, called loaned representatives, are paid by their companies but help manage United Way between September and December.

Besides the Red Cross, with its numerous programs ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention to disaster relief, big Maryland recipients of 1995 funds include:

Associated Catholic Charities, $2,394,511; Combined Health Agencies, a federation of health agencies, $1,796,370; Family and Childrens Services of Central Maryland, $1,554,000; The Associated: Jewish Community Federation, $908,867; American Cancer Society, $872,647; Salvation Army in Baltimore, $726,727; YWCA in Baltimore, $681,779, and YMCA in Baltimore, $623,000.

At the other end of the scale are these small nonprofits serving disabled and needy people: Anne Arundel Co. ARC, services for retarded citizens, $28,973; Family Service Foundation, serving deaf and other disabled people, $20,160; Helping Hand Inc., serving the needy in Anne Arundel County, $17,000; Human Services Programs of Carroll County, $26,000; Jubilee Baltimore, housing and job placement, $25,923; Maryland Center for Independent Living, services for disabled, $15,170; Transitions, helping mentally ill adults, $25,000, and Womens Housing Coalition, serving the homeless, $24,000.

For the entire list of 69 member agencies and amounts received, contact the United Way, 22 Light St., at 547-8000, Ext. 284.

Pub Date: 5/10/96

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