Sue Westerling, of the Community Budget Center, organizes a shoe shelf Monday at the center. The nonprofit organization was one of 26 Moffat County agencies selected to receive United Way funds.

Photo by Jerry Raehal

Sue Westerling, of the Community Budget Center, organizes a shoe shelf Monday at the center. The nonprofit organization was one of 26 Moffat County agencies selected to receive United Way funds.

Funds forthcoming

Moffat County United Way to begin making allocations to area agencies

By the numbers

Moffat County United Way allocations and costs

• $472,707: Funds pledged by Moffat County residents and employees during the 2007-08 United Way fundraising campaign

• $374,788: Total funds requested from Moffat County nonprofit agencies

• $300,097: Total funds granted by United Way's allocations committee

• $67,000: Total funds designated to specific agencies

• $25,000: 5-percent buffer for estimated non-collectables

• $70,00: Administrative fees, including phone service, salary and required 1 percent donation to United Way of America

• $11,000: Campaign costs

• Total: $1,000 deficit

This year, April 15 will bring more than a tax deadline to more than two dozen Moffat County nonprofit organizations.

On that day, Moffat County United Way is scheduled to begin giving out the fruits of its fundraising campaign, said Corrie Ponikvar, the organization's executive director.

This year, the United Way allocations committee granted $300,097 to 26 Moffat County nonprofit organizations.

Distribution will start next week and will continue on a quarterly basis as United Way continues collecting funds pledged by Craig residents and employees, Ponkivar said.

Through payroll deductions, employees in Moffat County pledged $472,707 to the organization during its 2007-08 fundraising campaign.

Although the sum fell short of its $475,000 goal, it set a new fundraising record.

The United Way allocations committee recently completed the final stage in its allocation process: Deciding how much of that sum United Way would grant to area nonprofits.

The committee took various factors into account when deciding how much money to allocate to an agency, Ponikvar said.

The amount requested by the group leads that list.

Because not all groups make the same funding requests, Ponikvar said funds granted to each agency vary.

Other factors also came into play when making the allocations.

"We try to fund agencies where there's no duplication of services," with other nonprofits, she said.

The committee also looks at how many people the agency serves a year and whether it is financially sound. Finally, the committee determines whether the agency is collaborating with other nonprofit groups.

"There's great strength in numbers," Ponikvar said. "We're all serving our community, making it a better place to live and work."

Most of the funds designated to United Way stay in Moffat County. Donors can designate their funds to various agencies, including those outside of Moffat County.

About $19,000 of the agency's funds will go to nonprofit agencies outside the county, including the Meeker Human Resource Council, Ponikvar said, adding that area employees who live outside of Moffat County designated these funds.

United Way allows donors to specify which agencies their donations will benefit. Those agencies may include those that aren't United Way members.

This year, donors designated $48,000 to non-member groups, Ponikvar said.

For other agencies, their donor designation matched or exceeded their requested amount, Ponkivar said. The allocations committee chose not to give any more money to these groups.

Remaining funds raised by United Way will pay for the 2007-08 campaign, administrative costs and other expenses accrued by United Way, Ponikvar said.

United Way also deducts $25,000, or 5 percent, from funds raised to cover uncollected pledges, she said.

"Our budget is flexible" to cover unforseen costs, Ponikvar said, adding that the organization rarely spends all funds budgeted.

The Community Budget Center was one of the nonprofit organizations that received United Way funds this year.

The center plans to use its $9,000 in United Way funds for its medical assistance program, Office Manager Karen Brown said.

The program helps qualified applicants pay for prescription costs, she said.

The center sponsors other programs that help residents find food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs, Brown said.

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition also will receive money from United Way.

With the $25,000 it received from United Way, the coalition will pay for the clinic's operating costs, supplies and educational programs, Executive Director Janet Pearcey said.

Several of the coalition's services, including dental screenings in area schools, are offered free of charge. Last year, the coalition offered screenings to about 1,500 students in Moffat and Routt counties, Pearcey said.

The sum isn't enough to cover all the agency's financial needs, she said.

Still, "it definitely helps," she said.

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