United Way of Greater Dayton has reduced 2013-14 funding by 5 to 10 percent to 40 area agencies as a result of fewer contributions.
Spokesman Bill Perry said undesignated donations declined by 10 percent in the latest annual campaign.
“We have sent out letters to the agencies explaining the reductions,” Perry said. “It’s a matter of having 10 percent less to go on.”
Perry said the United Way no longer publishes a goal for its annual campaign or reports on how much was collected.
Public financial reports for the previous year, ending June 30, 2012, show it collected more than $10.9 million in donations, had $11.4 million in total revenue and $11.3 million in expenses.
Family Service Association of Dayton learned last week that it will get 10 percent less “because we are one of the largest recipients,” executive director Bonnie Parish said.
She wouldn’t state how much the organization receives from United Way, but said the cut “translates into a significant one for us. It will directly impact our counseling, child abuse and neglect, community organizing and services to the deaf programs. It’s very bad new for us and for the community. We don’t know yet exactly how we are going to respond.”
Peggy Sebold, director of social services, said Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley will lose 7 to 10 percent of allocations for seven of its programs, including its food pantry, teen parent link program, early childhood learning center and mental health and wellness counseling.
“That may limit some of the services we provide, but we’re going to look to other sources of funding. You have to deal with what’s in front of you,” she said.
Soteria Brown of the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, said United Way’s allocation for its housing program was not reduced. “It will remain flat.”
United Way slashed local Red Cross funding by 76 percent in 2012.
Perry would not provide figures, but said a trend toward “designated donations” to the United Way continues.
Thirty of the its 70 partner agencies, including Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Boy Scouts Miami Valley and Womanline, receive only money that is directly designated for them by donors to United Way.
“Undesignated donations have a huge impact, especially for some smaller groups that rely on us. We would love to see more of them,” Perry said.