Niagara Gazette


March 7, 2013

United Way undertaking review

Niagara Gazette — SANBORN — One of Niagara County's largest community groups is undertaking an examination of its funding policies and formula for distributing dollars. 

The United Way of Greater Niagara announced this week the formation of an 18-member volunteer task force which will spend six to seven months reviewing a series of factors, including which agencies and programs receive undesignated funding from United Way, funding levels for areas of critical need in the community and how funding levels are determined. 

Undesignated funds are donations to United Way which are not designated for a specific agency, program or purpose. The review will not impact donor-designated contributions received through the annual Community Care Campaign.

“United Way is the steward for the donations people make to help make Niagara County a stronger community, and we take that charge very seriously,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president of the United Way of Greater Niagara. “This review process will help us ensure that we are putting those funds to their highest and best use.”

The members of the committee are: Joe Caridi, USW No. 0277/Goodyear Tire & Rubber; Julie Coy, State Farm Insurance; Brendan Dowd, DDS; Robert J. Hagen Delphi (retired); Brian Hellner, financial investor; Robert Kazeangin, Buffalo News; Rich Laskowski, New York State Division of Youth (retired); Beverly Maziarz, New York State Supreme Court; and Carrie H. Mitchell, Niagara Falls School District (retired).

Also: Dick McIntyre, CSEA #803/Niagara County (retired); Linda Mocny, D’Youville College; Joe Proietti, New York State Division of Youth (retired); Therese Quarantillo, Certified Public Accountant; Joanne M. Shippey – Merrill Lynch/Bank of America; Joe White, USW #0277/Goodyear Tire & Rubber; Michael Williamson, Williamson Funeral Home; Jerald Wolfgang, Western New York Regional Center for Economic Development; and Tyler Zikuski, Wegmans

The task force will submit its observations and recommendations to the United Way of Greater Niagara board of directors for review and action. According to Houwaart-Diez, any potential changes identified by the task force and approved by the board will not take effect until 2014, in order to provide all agencies ample time to prepare.

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