Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Columbus Dispatch : United Way charts course

The Columbus Dispatch : United Way charts course: "With a unanimous vote yesterday, the United Way of Central Ohio cemented its transformation from a fundraising club for charities to an agenda setter in regional philanthropy.

Nine goals will guide fundraising and grant dollars at the United Way for the next decade: reducing crime in five neighborhoods; cutting abandoned housing by a third in those neighborhoods; raising kindergartners' passing rate on literacy tests to 85 percent; boosting the county's high-school graduation rate to 95 percent; cutting by 20 percent the number of households below 250 percent of the federal poverty line; halving the number of residents without regular health care; training one in three residents for disaster response; boosting the number of residents at a healthy weight; and providing emergency help to everyone in need."

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