Our Board of Directors approved a ten percent increase in local investment with over $5.7 million to support the work of nonprofit agency partners and fund new Community Impact initiatives in the four counties we serve.
The total Campaign pledges of $14.2 million represent the first increase since 2006 and include $5.3 million in donor-designated funds which will be distributed throughout 2014.
“We are grateful to all our donors and partners,” said Mack Koonce, CEO and president of UWGT. “We believe the success of the Campaign demonstrates the community is responding to what we are trying to accomplish. We will continue to work toward addressing priority issues, as identified by our corps of volunteer advisors who have their fingers on the pulse of the Triangle.”
With a focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability, we are committed to bring about lasting change to the communities of Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties by convening partners and investing in a solutions-based approach to issues. These focus areas represent pathways to a better life for individuals and families.
In 2014, we will invest $1.2 million dollars on Financial Stability issues including affordable housing, sustaining employment and financial management. The investment in Education and Youth Development will be $1.9 million to support ready for life initiatives, early childhood education and academic support programs. Funding for health programs of $2.6 million will support basic needs, access to care programs along with crisis prevention and response.
All of these issues have been community-identified as priorities for the Triangle, which is why we have decided to focus our attention on them by helping to create pathways to a brighter future.