The McPherson County United Way is considering extending its campaign after falling short of its 2012 fundraising goal.
United Way has raised $198,058.57, which is less than the $225,000 goal the agency set.
During 2011, United Way raised $218,000, which was more than its $215,000 goal, but the agency had to extend its deadline that year, as well.
Anne Kirchner, McPherson County United Way executive director, said the agency has raised a greater percentage of its goal this campaign than it did at the same point during the last campaign.
She said employee campaigns went well, with at least four employers having 100 percent participation.
However, she said if the agency cannot raise its goal, the 22 organizations that the United Way funds will suffer.
“A lot of people need assistance, and we try to do our part,” she said. “The financial assistance given by our community allows us to do the best we can.”
McPherson County United way supported the following agencies in 2012:
American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America-Quivira Council, Boy Scout Troop 117, Boy Scout Troop 133, Cub Scout Pack 117, Cub Scout Pack 3130, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Child Start, The Children’s Center, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Health Ministries Clinic, Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, McPherson County Council on Aging, McPherson Family Life Center, McPherson Family YMCA, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center, Special Olympics, Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County and United Cerebral Palsy.
In addition to the these organizations, United Way has received applications from Live Free Ministries for funding for its new induction house and the McPherson Housing Coalition has requested funds for its Brush Up Mac program.
“Ultimately we want to support the agencies,” Kirchner said. “We hope they can be fully funded. The less we raise, the less we have to give away. The more we raise, the more flexibility we have in the way we allocate.”
Kirchner said this was a difficult year for fundraising in the community as the McPherson County Food Bank and the McPherson Museum are both engaged in capital campaigns.
“When you are trying to raise money, it is hard to know where to send your money,” she said. “There are so many good organizations out there all competing for the same money. I don’t want to downplay one over the another. I hope people will see the urgency of supporting the United Way.”
If you would like to donate to the United Way, donations can be sent to United Way of McPherson County, P.O. Box 55, McPherson, KS 67460 or can be made online at www.unitedwaymcpherson.org.