United Way campaign raises $20.8 million, just shy of goal

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FORT WORTH -- The United Way of Tarrant County just missed hitting its goal of $21 million for its annual fund campaign, but officials say they'll still be able to provide key funding to the dozens of nonprofits the agency supports.

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 the United Way of Tarrant County. He said funds continue to trickle in and the organization may be closer to its goal June 30, when its fiscal year ends.

When campaign contributions are combined with other funding sources, the United Way of Tarrant County raised an estimated $30.3 million, 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," campaign Chairman Matt Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway Co., said in a news 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." BNSF with its labor unions was the largest donor, giving an estimated $2.4 million. Other top contributors:

Alcon Laboratories gave an estimated $2.1 million.

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

Bell Helicopter Textron and its unions gave about $1 million

The United Way continues to accept contributions to the new Tarrant County Veterans Fund, established to support community-based services for service personnel returning to civilian life.

Portions of the United Way's revenue 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 including education, health and financial stability programs aimed at helping families budget wisely.

The stability programs include helping families prepare their income taxes for free and helping them apply for the earned income tax credit, McKinney said.

"We are also funding programs that provide workforce development training," he said.

McKinney said the agency will soon announce a chairman for the 2013-14 fund campaign.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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