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$3.85M was leveraged with in-kind donations, collaborative partnerships and volunteer hours to create an $8.9M impact on our community. Additionally, funding from donors who chose to give the united way, was leveraged by agencies to draw down an additional $1.77M in state, federal and local matches. We increased allocations of funding to our local community by $161,851 (an 8% increase).
The Consensus Agenda, supported by United Way of Escambia County in collaboration with other United Ways across Florida, resulted in an additional $5.1M dedicated to school readiness, a $750,000 increase in funding for homeless coalitions and a 17% increase in funding for community care for the elderly.
1,799 volunteers swelled to 2,446 individuals (a 36% increase in number of volunteers) and 29,487 volunteer hours grew to 42,536 hours (a 44% increase in the volunteer labor). This increase resulted in a $941,747 gift of talent compared to $629,842 in 2011-2012.
A community assessment reviewed by partners at the University of West Florida HAAS Center validated the ten priority goals used to address community needs. Our Non-Profit Training Series and other partnerships increased our impact on the community the equivalent of $800,000 in 2012-2013. Agency partnerships increased by 27% as certified partners went from 41 agencies to 52. Programs that requested funding increased by 8% from 52 programs to 56. Our grants and other financial assistance to the community increased by 8% from $2,133,079 to $2,295,920. We converted our website to a more user-friendly mobile application; our partnership with United Way Worldwide showcased talent and efficiency of Escambia County operations; and 2-1-1 expanded support from eight counties to increase sustainability.
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