Drive falls short
The United Way/Centraide of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry wrapped up its 2015 fundraising campaign last month having reached 91 per cent of its target of $710,000, but the chapter’s executive director is nonetheless pleased with the results.
“We didn’t quite reach our goal. However, we raised a significant amount of money and we’re really very, very grateful to everyone who donated. The support that we received from people all throughout SD&G is remarkable,” Lori Greer told The
News last week. “But donations do continue to come in, so we’re hopeful that maybe the final total ( about $646,000) will increase a little bit over the next month or so.”
The 2015 campaign was launched in mid-September with an original end- date of December 18. However, with only 82 per cent of the $710,000 goal having been raised by that time, it was decided to extend the campaign to January 15.
Ms. Greer said there “isn’t any one reason to pinpoint” why the campaign fell short – by just under $64,000 – of its target for 2015. She added that the chapter won’t know how the shortfall will affect funding for programming and initiatives it offers to 17 member agencies across the United Counties until the group’s audit is completed this spring.
Michael Galvin, the 2015 campaign chairman expressed his gratitude towards the chapter’s “amazing staff and volunteers,” and members of the community who donated to this year’s campaign, while acknowledging that there is room for improvement. “It would have been ideal to reach our goal, but it just means that we have to re-focus and move forward to next year’s campaign,” said Mr. Galvin.