BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Capital Area United Way (CAUW) announced a new impact model for funding Tuesday.
The new model had a bombshell effect for 13 community agencies who were funded last year but will not be this year.
"We would love to be able to fund them all, it's just a matter of money," said Ralph Bender, Co-CEO of CAUW. "But I remind you that the investment decisions were the recommendations of almost 80 community volunteers who put in almost 2,000 hours.
This year's funding of almost $8 million amounts to about $5 million for 73 community programs and 18 of those are new programs.
However, Volunteers in Public Schools and Istrouma Boy Scouts said they are among the 13 who lost United Way funding.
The new funding model has four focus areas and must show measurable outcomes. That large group of community volunteers chose who got the money this year.