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United Way of Butler County fundraising falls short

| Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The United Way of Butler County will cut funding to some agencies it supports in the wake of a $200,000 fundraising shortfall.

“We've weathered this before, we'll weather this again,” executive director Leslie Osche said Thursday.

The nonprofit organization announced last week it raised $1.48 million in its 2012-2013 campaign, below its $1.68 million goal. For 2011-12, the organization raised a record $1.7 million, in what Osche said was “an unusual year.”

Osche said the main reason for the shortfall was a “significant corporate gift loss,” which she declined to reveal.

She said the agency already had known it would not get a $55,000 Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions grant it has received in the past.

The United Way has been looking at cutting funding to programs “that aren't either getting the outcomes and results we had hoped for or we would expect that meet the goals we've set,” Osche said. She didn't identify the programs because she said she was in the midst of notifying the agencies that run them.

She said the United Way and Butler County are exploring ways in which the county could help fund some mental health and intellectual disability programs.

““We're committed to ensuring the longevity of the United Way in our community,” Osche said.

The United Way of Butler County serves more than 10,000 people a year.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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