After two-and-a-half months of extended campaign fundraising, the North Texas Area United Way announced they'll be able to fully fund the organizations they support through the next fiscal year.
Phil Waggoner, United Way board president, says, "It consisted of a lot of phone calls and a lot of personal visits. Most of it was done face-to-face. We met with individual donors, with businesses, with foundations, to explain to them why we needed this money."
At the scheduled end of the annual campaign in March, only enough money was raised to fund the 12 local United Way agencies for six months.
But now, those programs, including THE Kitchen, will be able to carry out their daily missions a full year.
Jackie Hamm, executive director of THE Kitchen, says, "The United Way funds approximately 6500 meals a year for us, so this is great news for us and for our clients."
And board members say thanks to donors' generosity, the community will be better off.
"The work that we do is concentrated in the areas of education, income, and health. These are the three building blocks of a good life and that's what these programs at these agencies furnish," Waggoner says.
Other agencies supported by the United Way include the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and area Boys and Girls Clubs.
All those organizations will be fully-funded through next March.
Waggoner says board members plan to take this fundraising experience when conducting the next campaign, which, he says, will have a completely different structure and will be much more effective.
And by the way, when the United Way first announced their campaign shortfall, soon after, they also announced executive director Diana Phillips resigned from her position.
Wagonner says board members are currently reviewing applications and have interviewed one candidate, but no decision has been made.