The Mesa United Way has launched an emergency fundraising campaign to raise money for local nonprofit agencies that could face funding shortfalls because of Mesa’s budget cuts.
The campaign started this week and runs through June 20. United Way coordinators hope to collect at least $200,000 for groups that help the city’s youth, seniors, homeless, poor, victims of domestic violence, substance abusers and the developmentally disabled. Roughly $30,000 has been raised so far, Mesa United Way president Carol McCormack said.
“One hundred percent of what we receive will go to one of these agencies,” McCormack said.
Any amount raised will be in addition to the $1.47 million already collected for the agencies during the United Way’s annual fundraising drive that started last fall. Overall, the annual campaign raised $4.8 million.
“We’re just waiting to see,” said Pat Gilbert, executive director at Mesa Community Action Network, which runs the East Valley Men’s Center. “We’re here waiting for the community to respond.”
Gilbert said Mesa CAN — which is projected to lose about $35,000 from the city, but will remain open — has held talks about a possible merger with PREHAB of Arizona.
McCormack said the Mesa United Way analyzes every agency’s budget and audits to determine how the money should be distributed.
On Monday, the City Council plans to decide how the city funding for the 15 nonprofits will be divided. The total amount given to the agencies has been capped.
The nonprofits will receive about $264,998 less than they did last year, according to city budget estimates.
These funding cuts were part of a $14 million reduction implemented by the council in response to the voters’ rejection of the property tax last month. The council plans to adopt the tentative budget Monday, with the final budget set to be adopted June 26.
How to donate Internet: mesaunitedway.org
Credit card by phone:
Check by mail: Mesa United Way, 137 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
Nonprofit funding by Mesa
2005-06: $1,242,899 ($1,089,599 General Fund, $153,300 private utility bill donations)
2006-07: $977,901 ($824,601 General Fund, $153,300 private utility bill donations)