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Packing up

Safety engineer, ExxonMobil

The business of feeding the hungry

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By 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, the line is 30-deep at Hope Ministries' food pantry on Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge. Men and women of a range of ages sit on a long bench outside one of the buildings on the former church campus.

Darrin Goss

Occupation: President/CEO, Capital Area United Way
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Age: 43

The meal of the day

Senior Accountant, Hannis T. Bourgeois

Winning back trust

New Capital Area United Way CEO/President Darrin Goss Sr. describes the philanthropic organization he leads as being in a "turnaround situation."

CAUW sets fundraising campaign at just over $9 million

The Capital Area United Way officially kicked off its 2013 workforce campaign today by announcing a $9.05 million fundraising goal. With the help of about 600 area companies that participated in the campaign last year, United Way raised about $8.7 million and distributed those funds to 47 agencies providing 113 services and programs in the Capital Region. That's down from about $11 million raised four years ago. "We have a renewed commitment to run the best workforce campaign this year and already have several pacesetter companies that have kicked-off their campaigns," says Ralph Bender, this year's campaign chair. New CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss recently told Daily Report that stepping up fundraising efforts is one of his major goals as he takes over the organzation. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," Goss says, adding that leadership turmoil...

New CEO says he wants to transform Capital Area United Way

The United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina serves a metropolitan area with roughly the same population as the Capital Area United Way here, yet it is on pace to raise about twice as much money. That's according to new CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss, who previously served as Vice President of Community Impact in Greenville. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," says Goss, adding that he has "developed a skill set for change management over the last 20 years." He says leadership turmoil over the past several years contributed to staff losses and fractured relationships with community partners. "With the instability came a lot of accounts that we just didn't work," he says. "We got away from some of the fundamentals that make for a good workforce campaign." United Way raised about $11 million four years ago, he says, compared to about $8.7 million last...

Less united

Almost two dozen local nonprofits are getting less money from Capital Area United Way this year as the organization struggles with a drop in donations.

Nonprofit turns to crowdsourcing to fill funding gap

Like many nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge is being forced to look for innovative ways to raise money after suffering a major slash in funding from the Capital Area United Way. After seeing CAUW funding for its Dedicated Dads program cut to $280 this year, compared to almost $50,000 last year, Family Road is turning to an unconventional source: crowdsourcing. The organization is launching a fundraising campaign on the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo, hoping to generate $15,000 between today and Father's Day, June 16. "Everyone who received cuts from United Way is facing the reality that organizations have to be creative and innovative in new ways of approaching services and providing the revenue for programs that are needed in the community," says Dena Morrison, CEO of Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge. "For us, it means we have to look at a variety of ways of funding necessary programs and increasing collaboration and partnerships."...

Making connections

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Many charities see Capital Area United Way funding cut

Almost two dozen local charity programs are getting less money from Capital Area United Way this year as the organization struggles with a drop in donations. Capital Region agencies this year will receive $1.2 million less than what was allocated to them last year by CAUW. In a summary of its allocations released recently, the nonprofit lists 47 agencies and 113 programs that will be getting funds this year. That's down three agencies and 17 programs from last year. Kendall Hebert, spokeswoman for the Capital Area United Way, says that while donations are down this year, the agency is working to share its story with potential donors and to encourage local businesses to be generous with their contributions. "Even though it may be hard for some, think about the hardships you may incur right now with the economy the way it is," Hebert says. "Then think about those who are already struggling, and it's even harder for them." The reduction in CAUW funding comes at a time when area...

Capital Area United Way selects a new leader

Darrin Goss Sr. has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Capital Area United Way, the organization's board of directors announced today. Goss, who will take over the position July 1, comes to Baton Rouge from the United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina, where he's been vice president of community impact since 2007. He will take over from Richard Williams, who has served as interim president and CEO for about the past year. CAUW Board Chair Christy Reeves says Goss "embodies the mission of United Way," and calls him "the ideal choice" to take over in Baton Rouge. Goss holds a degree in psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and he's also a veteran of the U.S. Army. "I am excited about the opportunity to join the Baton Rouge community and the Capitol Area United Way," Goss says in a prepared statement. CAUW has more details here.

'225 Weekender': Dancing for Big Buddy at PMAC Saturday

Local celebrities will dance the night away Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the 2013 edition of Dancing for Big Buddy. Modeled after the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, this event features local stars competing through various dance styles, to benefit a good cause. Salsa, the tango, swing—they're some of the dance genres whose moves will inspire you, too, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Some of the dancers slated to compete are LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell, Mestizo owner Jim Urdiales, WBRZ anchor Rosa Flores. Tickets are $10. More information and full list of local celebrity dancers can be found here.

Rally at the State Capitol for Food Bank Association today

The Louisiana Food Bank Association will hold a rally at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. today to lobby on behalf of an amendment to House Bill 1 to provide $5 million to the association. The money will be used to purchase food from state farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and vendors for the hundreds of thousands of men, women, children and seniors in Louisiana who live with food insecurity. Displays and presentations will begin at 9 a.m.

Dining Out For Life tonight

Local restaurants will participant in the Dining Out For Life national event tonight. Five participating restaurants—Bistro Byronz, California Pizza Kitchen, Mestizos, Monjunis and Stroubes—will donate 25% of their lunch or dinner sales to the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART).