United Way of Greater Topeka CEO Speaks Out On Donations Debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Since 2009, the United Way of Greater Topeka has experienced a decrease in the dollar amount of administrative costs.

CEO and President Miriam Krehbiel says that does a number of things. "Thats good to see but because of that, our revenue also has gone down to a point which makes our percentage actually go up."

Krehbiel says the Topeka Capital-Journal published correct figures in their article and their publisher Gregg Ireland, made this comment through email: "We believe in presenting facts in an accurate and fair manner in order for the community to make informed decisions. The Capital-Journal stands by its stories."

The United Way of Greater Topeka also noted the unexpected departure of jobs at Jostens and Hallmark, which included workers who had committed a portion of their paychecks to the United Way.

Krehbiel spoke of those losses, saying, "It's significant because we loose the revenue and on the other side, is that these are people that loose their jobs, so its very important from the revenue side but most importantly to get the re-investment of dollars back into the community."

The United Way always withholds an additional 7.45% amount from donations for pledges that aren't collected for reasons including lay offs or people who move out of town.


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