United Way announces massive cuts – Charlotte Observer

uwCharlotte’s United Way this morning approved a recession-damaged spending plan that cuts grants to local charities by more than a third, slicing away millions of much-needed budget dollars even as community needs skyrocket.

United Way officials, who had $7.5 million fewer dollars to give to their 90-plus agencies this year, say the economy left them little choice but to chop grants by 35 percent overall. With collections plummeting compared to the previous year, even emergency programs battling the recession’s fallout took budget cuts of 20 percent.
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