United Way campaign halfway to goal with month to go

By Chris Swick
November 18, 2015

With a little over a month to go in the campaign, the United of Way of McPherson County is halfway to it's goal of $225,000.

Executive Director Anne Kirchner, however, says this year's campaign has been a bit of a roller coaster.

“We are experiencing definitely limited giving,” Kirchner said. “I think people are hesitant to give related to the economy. I think people are still nervous about what the economy is doing and how that affects their overall dollars.”

Another wrinkle for the United Way this year is the fact that a number of the area industries have undergone either mergers or buy outs in the last 12 months.

“And so then we've seen the pros and cons relating to that,” Kirchner said. “Some new CEOs are very supporting of continuing doing what they've been doing, others not so much. So we have really been having to do some strategic planning so we can figure out how we're going to push it forward so that we can get that [$225,000] goal.”

Kirchner reported that United Way was sitting at $115,144.12 as of Monday, which she called typical of this time of year. She had also yet to hear back from some workplace campaigns that are still underway.

The 2015 United Way of McPherson County Campaign continues until Dec. 31.