Gina Saaf, executive director of the Fulton County United Way, said the organization collected $243,000 during its 2009 fund drive.
That was $22,000, or about 8.3%, short of the goal of $265,000.
“Although the Board of Directors had set a goal of $265,000, we are still happy with the results,” said Saaf.
“We are down just $9,000 or 3.6% from what we raised last year (2008).”
In 2008, the goal was $320,000. Total donations that year were $252,000; $68,000, or about 21%, short of the goal.
The United Way supports 23 local non-profits with the money raised, along with the United Way’s own programs, including the Cancer Care program, Imagination Library, and Familywize Prescription Drug program.
Saaf said the board met Jan. 14, and decided how much money would be distributed to each agency and program.
Money was pooled so emergency services such as food pantries, the American Red Cross Disaster Fund, and legal aid could receive their full requests.
Because the 2009 total was only $9,000 less than 2008, Saaf said the board did not have to make signifi- cant cuts in what was distributed.
“Most agencies never receive their full requests,” she said.
“We would like to give more, the need is more, and everyone is operating on tighter budgets.
“We work together to do the best we can with limited resources,” she said.