Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Hernando United Way beats fundraising goal with bank pledge

The United Way of Hernando County recently got some good news: Just as the agency was nearing the end of its fiscal year on July 1, a grant bumped pledges for the 2013-14 fundraising campaign over the $675,000 goal.

Bank of America stepped up with a $5,000 donation, the highest amount the financial institution's foundation provides.

"It pushed us over the edge in the best possible way, by a couple hundred dollars," interim executive director Angie Bonfardino said.

The new record compares with $674,000 raised the previous year, when the goal was $648,000.

Bank of America doubled its gift over last year, but Bonfardino said Publix Super Markets Foundation again provided the campaign's largest amount, an award of $163,400 to match individual gifts by employees at its eight stores in Hernando County.

"We love our Publix here," Bonfardino said, referring to the grocery chain's generous employees and the corporation's largesse.

Bonfardino said the new numbers represent pledges, the money not yet all in hand. Also, because some donor companies and individuals operate on other fiscal year calendars, more pledges are likely through Dec. 31.

A detailed accounting of the campaign will be presented at United Way's annual meeting July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Meanwhile, a United Way grant review committee has interviewed social and human service agencies applying for funds; its recommendations are screened and voted upon by the board of directors.

"It's community dollars, so community members are the ones who decide where they should go," Bonfardino said.

She said there was a 7.6 percent cost of administering the campaign, meaning that 92.4 percent of contributions will go to local programs.

Contact Beth Gray at [email protected]

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