United Way campaign raises $20.8 million

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FORT WORTH -- The United Way of Tarrant County just missed hitting its goal of $21 million during the annual fundraising campaign, but officials say they'll still be able to provide key funding to the dozens of non-profits supported by the agency.

The annual workforce campaign brought in an estimated $20.8 million, officials said.

"We are proud of what we've accomplished," said Tim McKinney, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. He said funds continue to "trickle in" and the organization may be closer to the goal on June 30, when its fiscal year ends.

When the campaign contributions are combined with its other funding sources, the United Way of Tarrant County raised an estimated $30.3 million in total revenues, officials said.

"The campaign was a challenge, but I'm proud of Tarrant County for pulling together to get results that are going to make a big impact," said Campaign Chair Matt Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway Company, in a press release. "I'd like to thank the nearly 45,000 individual contributors, the many corporations, and the thousands of volunteers that all came together to make it a great campaign." Rose's company, BNSF Railway and its labor unions, gave the largest amount with an estimated $2.4 million. Other top contributors were:

Alcon Laboratories, Inc. gave an estimated $2.1 million.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and its labor unions gave an estimated $1.2 million

Bell Helicopter, Textron, Inc. and its labor unions gave about $1 million

The United Way continues to accept contributions to the new Tarrant County Veterans Fund, which was established to support community-based services for military servicemen and women who are returning to civilian life.

Portions of the United Way's revenues also come from state, federal and private grants. For example, the 2-1-1 information and referral service gets about $600,000 to $ 700,000 from the state.

McKinney said the contributions will help improve lives across Tarrant County through the work of agencies that partner with the United Way and focus on key areas such as education, health and financial stability programs aimed at helping families budget wisely.

Some of examples of the financial stability programs include helping families prepare their income taxes for free and how to apply for the earned income tax credit, McKinney said.

"We are also funding programs that provide workforce development training," he said, adding that they try to help families improve their credit ratings and learn to budget more wisely.

McKinney said they will soon announce a new chair for the 2013-2014 fundraising campaign.

Diane Smith, (817) 390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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