Metro United Way Announces Funding Investments


2011 Campaign Funds committed to long term, sustainable change for our community with strategic focus on education, financial stability and health

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 30, 2012) – Metro United Way of Louisville continues to refine its community impact agenda with distribution of 2011 campaign funds. The funding is concentrated in three strategic areas with the opportunity to lead long term, sustainable change for our community: education, financial stability and health. Metro United Way considers these the building blocks for a good quality of life and for the success of our community.

“Throughout the next decade, Metro United Way will continue to move toward a more focused approach to addressing community-level issues, by showing measurable progress in the areas of education, income and health, the basics for a strong community foundation,“ says Joe Tolan, president and CEO of Metro United Way. “While we will need to make strategic choices, we know through data, research, and the input of the community that these three core areas are the right focus areas for us to concentrate on because they will help people reach their fullest potential and ultimately benefit the entire community for years to come. We want to improve lives and empower people in our community to become part of the solution through advocacy, volunteerism and giving.”

Through the generosity and hard work of many in our community, the 2011 annual campaign results increased by 1.1%, achieving a total of $27,800,000. Results include increased funds for distribution in Jefferson, Bullitt, Clark, Shelby and Oldham counties. In addition, of the 154 programs funded by Metro United Way this year, 95 received increases, 24 remain flat and 35 were reduced. Overall, more than 77% of the programs will be receiving funding that is greater than or equal to the amount they received last year.

The organization points to multiple examples of how campaign funds help make a difference in their designated strategic focus areas:

EDUCATION: When The Salvation Army found it necessary to close its Boys and Girls Clubs, Metro United Way helped to ensure that these out-of-school-time services were continued by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.

The new Early Childhood Excellence Academy, made possible by an investment from the David C. and Wendy L. Novak Foundation grant, is strengthening the skills of 155 early childhood teachers in 11 child care centers, helping to ensure that over 900 of our youngest children will arrive at kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in school and life.

FINANCIAL STABILITY: Through 25 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites, operated by Asset Building Coalitions supported by Metro United Way throughout Greater Louisville, 11,700 hard working families secured $17.9 million in earned income tax credits and other tax refunds last year as well as learn more about resource planning and available services.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Victims of the devastating tornadoes that swept through Southern Indiana in March received help and assistance through Metro United Way from over 8000 screened volunteers who have collectively donated more than $900,000 worth of volunteer time to help victims clean up and begin the recovery process. Metro United Way is committed to long term recovery efforts, serving as fiscal agent and volunteer recruitment manager for March2Recovery.
This is what it means to LIVE UNITED.


About Metro United Way
Metro United Way advances the common good in the community by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, financial stability and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. For over 95 years, Metro United Way has mobilized the caring power of communities by supporting agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals and families as well as addressing basic human needs.

Metro United Way recognizes that it takes the whole community working together to reach our mutual goals and we recruit the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to accomplish our goals. For more information, please visit or call 502-583-2821. We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Betsy Paulley
(502) 583-2821