In 2015, we raised $3,135,481 and leveraged these funds to create an estimated $9,184,489 impact. Additionally, non-profit programs will use the funding we provide to leverage and draw down an additional $2,385,470. The total impact on our community will be over $11,569,275. In effect, 144,315 local men, women, and children will be assisted because United Way was here to fund local programs and leverage community resources to benefit one in three Escambia County citizens.
You can advocate for those in need by signing up for our eNewsletter so that you are current on issues impacting our community. Or, tell your neighbors and friends about 2-1-1. Information and Referral Specialists answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their efforts to advocate on behalf of those in need. In our 2014-15 year, there was a 3% increase in referrals as specialists referred citizens to 71,542 local resources.
We could not do this work without volunteers who help us serve the community. 2,676 volunteers gave 30,474 hours valued by the Independent Sector at a rate of $23.07 an hour. In effect, volunteers gave a generous $703,035 by donating their talent and time to the community. They served through initiatives like Day of Caring, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Cram the Van and so much more.
In the 2014-15 year, we continued our Non-Profit Training Series and provided partners with educational opportunities on Mission Based Management, Volunteer Management, Effective Meetings, Marketing to Create a Positive Brand and Grant Writing. Non-profit professionals rated the usefulness of information provided at 90% and felt they increased their competency by 91%. Other significant efforts to affect community change included the first reporting from online quarterly updates from partners and our first annual 2-day education summit. Focus groups including 20 non-profit partners and 4 business partners met quarterly to provide input on progress toward community goals to objectively measure shared commitments to community-wide change.
TEN GOALS FOR THE THREE FOCUS AREAS.
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