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Salvation Army won't get money from United Way

February 17, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

When the 1999 United Way campaign gets under way this fall, The Salvation Army will not be in line for funds because of conflicting fund-raising schedules.

The parting of the ways has come after years of negotiations between the administrative boards of the United Way and The Salvation Army.

"We were in negotiations for five years because we at United Way care about them," said Mindy Marsden, vice president for United Way agency allocations.

From an allocation high of about $113,000 a few years ago, The Salvation Army got its final $84,000 allocation two campaigns ago, Marsden said.

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The Salvation Army received an additional $10,000 from the 1997 campaign from contributors who specifically designated the agency as a fund recipient.

The Salvation Army did not receive an allocation from the 1998 campaign, only those funds designated by contributors to go to the agency.

That came to approximately $40,000, according to Maj. Robert Henderson of The Salvation Army.

"I don't see this as a serious problem for us," Henderson said. "We will continue to be healthy in the community."

Traditionally, The Salvation Army has its own nationwide fund-raising campaign that begins in late fall and leads up to Christmas.

The United Way, meanwhile, decided not to allow member agencies to make fund-raising mailings between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 each year.

Last fall, the local Salvation Army reached its $125,000 goal in its own fund drive, Henderson said.

Marsden said it is too early to tell how United Way will pattern its agency allocations for the next campaign drive. But already, losing The Salvation Army has made a difference.

"We went into this year's campaign with no allocation for them, so we cut back our 1998 goal," she said.

The United Way's 1998 campaign raised more than $1.6 million.

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