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
“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
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 MetroUnitedWay.org 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.