Thursday, June 18, 2009
Despite tough economic times, the United Way of Allegheny County saw their campaign contributions go up. For 2008, they have been able to raise more than $31 million, a mere 1 percent increase from 2007. United Way County President Bob Nelkin says "it's a double whammy" for nonprofit organizations that help those in need, since now there are more people and need and typically fewer people who are able to donate. However, Nelkin says "there's a very generous spirit to Pittsburghers." Unlike the trend for United Way nationally, local donors gave more money than usual to the philanthropic group to help those in need in a variety of ways. This year in particular, they are creating programs to help with mortgage and utility bills.