United Way Funds Down From Year Before

By: Sarah Plake Email
By: Sarah Plake Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- There's two sides of the story to the United Way of Greater Topeka's 2012 annual community campaign.

The good news is the campaign collected almost $4.8 million in pledges for the year and generated $6.3 milion in revenue. The bad news is that's about 15 percent lower than 2011's fundraising.

United Way officials say when Jostens and Hallmark left Topeka, the companies effectively took thousands of dollars in pledges with them.

The campaign had predicted it would be down 5 to 7 percent because of economic factors.

"Each year we try to be as effective as possible," CEO of United Way Miriam Krehbiel said. "It's an incredible amount of money from such a generous community. We are, of course, pleased by that."

Last month, United Way officials told 13 News they had to withhold more money from designated donations because of Jostens and Hallmark's departures and also to cover for pledges that are not collected for various reasons.

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