Capital Area United Way to dole out $4.74M to 51 nonprofits

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated since its original publication. An earlier version stated Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge will no longer receive funding from CAUW. Both agencies will receive some CAUW funding, though significantly less than in the past. Daily Report regrets the error.

    After a multiyear process to reorganize the way it allocates funding, the Capital Area United Way today unveiled the list of its new partner agencies—some 51 nonprofit organizations that will receive United Way funding for the next three years.

    Overall, CAUW will dole out $4.74 million this year to 73 different programs within the 51 nonprofits. Of those organizations, 33 have historically been supported by CAUW while 18 are new partners.

    “We are excited to bring on new partners and to continue long standing relationships,” CAUW Board Chairman Ralph Bender says in a prepared statement. “This is a huge step in the future of our community.”

    CAUW’s new funding system is designed to achieve greater accountability and is based on an impact model, which rewards those that deliver the most bang for the buck. To that end, CAUW opened the funding process this year to any nonprofit agency service area that provides human services, including nontraditional and parish governments. They were evaluated on a much tougher, standardized basis, and those that receive funds will now be required to file quarterly reports using a new detailed series of standardized metrics.

    Among the big winners on the list were new partners like the Capital Area ReEntry Coalition, which will receive $100,000 for its re-entry support program; the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, which will receive $95,000 for its summer enrichment program; and John Hopkins University, which will receive $80,000 for the EBR Diplomas Now program in EBR Schools.

    Returning partners that will continue to receive some of the largest allocations include: the Emerge Center, which will receive $250,000; the Arc Baton Rouge, which will receive $200,000 for early intervention and babies program; and the Big Buddy Program, which will receive $145,000.

    Among the long-time partner agencies that will not receive funding during this three-year cycle are the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Volunteers in Public Schools.

    Agencies that did not receive allocations will receive bridge funding to help them during the transition.

    —Stephanie Riegel

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