United Way Announces 2012 Revenue of $6.3 Million

TOPEKA, KAN. – United Way of Greater Topeka generated $6.3 million in revenue for 2012. Nearly $4.8 million was pledged through the annual community campaign with $1.5 million coming from grants.

“In times of economic uncertainty, I am always touched by the generosity of our community and people’s ability to think of others,” said Miriam Krehbiel, United Way president and CEO.

The money raised will be applied toward a set of five 10-year community impact goals based on the input of volunteer Community Impact Councils:

•  Increase by 50 percent the number of children ready to read when they start school.

•  Reduce by 50 percent the achievement gap in 3rd grade reading and 6th grade math for our most vulnerable children.

•  Cut in half the number of financially unstable families in our community. Financially unstable is defined as families spending 40 percent or more of their income on housing-related expenses.

•  Reduce by 10 percent the number of adults who are overweight or obese

•  Reduce by 20 percent the number of 6th through 12th graders who illegally use alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana. Better nutrition & healthy habits help everyone.

Supporting basic needs remains a foundation of United Way’s work. These needs include shelter, rent and utilities, food, health assistance/prescriptions and safety from domestic violence.

“People realize the importance of investing charitable dollars into the community. Today’s problems are much broader and more abundant than yesterday’s,” said Kent Townsend, chairman of the United Way of Greater Topeka board of directors. “The United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to solve problems no one agency can solve alone.”

On page two is a summary of how the United Way is investing donor dollars in 2013:

2013 Investment Summary  
School Readiness $860,212
On-Grade achievement $501,059
Financial Stability $156,479
Substance Abuse $104,004
Obesity Reduction $34,400
Basic Needs $625,000
Agency Designations $556,443
Designations to United Ways in other cities $108,391
Outside Grant Funding and other sources $1,979,055
Total 2013 Projected Investments $4,390,078

ABOUT UNITED WAY

The United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. We work to solve issues no single donor, charity or government agency can handle alone. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community.

For more than 80 years, United Way has been serving Greater Topeka. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and we believe in the potential of every human being. Since 1980, United Way has invested $105 million into the community. United Way is working to create positive sustainable change in our community.

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