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United Way of Chatham County reconsiders funding decision

Posted Tuesday, August 1, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - On July 27, 2006, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chatham County gave the Hispanic Liaison an extended period of time to become eligible for United Way grant funds in this year’s funding cycle. “This is an unprecedented action by our Board to provide a second opportunity to qualify for funds,” said United Way Director Dina Reynolds.

The United Way of Chatham County Board of Directors voted to fund the Hispanic Liaison upon receiving audited financial statements and a filed IRS Form 990 for the year ending June 30, 2006 that are in compliance with United Way certification requirements.

“Funding will be paid retroactively to July 1, 2006 when audited financial documents indicate that the Hispanic Liaison has been able to lower their administrative costs to required levels,” Reynolds said. “During a recent presentation to the United Way Board of Directors, representatives of the Hispanic Liaison, including Director Ilana Dubester, acknowledged that the administrative costs reflected in their application did not meet the administrative cost requirement, but they projected that new financial statements would show that they are now in compliance.”

“Should something happen that the Hispanic Liaison not meet their projected administrative costs, United Way will continue to support human services to the county’s Latino community through a grant, which will be made available to United Way member agencies that serve this population,” said United Way Board Chair Eric Andrews. “We would also assist the Hispanic Liaison staff and board in developing a plan to reduce their administrative costs so that they will qualify for funding next year.”

“The United Way of Chatham County recognizes and values the services provided by the Hispanic Liaison and acknowledges the need for such services as assistance for victims of crime, basic needs assistance for families, financial counseling and translation services in Chatham County,” commented Eric Andrews. “This has certainly been demonstrated by the fact the United Way has funded Hispanic Liaison every year for ten years and played a key role in forming the agency.”

“The United Way of Chatham County must continue to be a good steward of philanthropic dollars and will maintain its standards of excellence and accountability,” Reynolds said. “I truly hope that the Hispanic Liaison will meet their projected administrative cost and continue to assist our Latino neighbors with their human service needs as a United Way of Chatham County member agency.”

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