Salvation Army facing funding cuts

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are some funding concerns at one charity. The Salvation Army says they will be out of nearly $60,000 in funding from the United Way. But the United Way says this cut is not necessarily permanent.

"We were serving in our operation Oklahoma when we discovered that our budget with the United Way had been cut 43 percent. That's the most drastic cut, historically, we've seen from the United Way," said Major Stephen Long with the Salvation Army.

Long says through their partnership with the United Way, they were getting nearly $12,000 each month to run their programs. Now they're getting half of that.

"We're in dire need of those funds for our programs like our school for performing arts...our Next Step Program, which is our rehab transition program for men," said Long.

The Capital Area United Way says the Salvation Army won't be the only organization that could see fewer dollars.

Interim president Robert Williams says the United Way changed the way they fund charities in 2009. Instead giving money to the actual organization, it goes to the charity's programs that focus on education, income and health.

"In 2012, we did complete that transition and now it's a zero-based funding model. So, every year everyone starts off at zero. There are no cuts, there are no reductions or increases," said Williams.

Williams says the charities can get money each year, but they have to pass the inspections by United Way volunteers first.

"To see if they're well managed, to see if they are producing measurable outcomes in our communities so we can tell people who give us money to invest in the community that we actually are creating a result in the community," said Williams.

This uncertainty of funding is why Williams says it's important for the community to continue to give generously to groups like the Salvation Army year round.

Click here to find out how you can do your part to help the Capital Area United Way and groups like the Salvation Army.

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