UNITED WAY FUND-RAISER ON TRACK : GROUP RAISES $3.2 MILLION.Byline: Christopher Noxon Daily News Staff Writer
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crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported , directors of the United Way of Ventura report they have raised $3.2 million and expect to meet their $5.35 million goal by summer.
The progress report is encouraging after last year's campaign, when the charity fell $400,000 short of its $5.5 million goal and board member Vince Ordonez resigned because of a budget that hiked administrative costs administrative costs,
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But contributions have picked up this year, with several corporate contributors boosting their donations and individual pledges continuing to arrive, said George Phillips
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``So far, things are going really well,'' Phillips said. ``We're still suffering some of the effects of the recession and downsizing (1) Converting mainframe and mini-based systems to client/server LANs.
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(jargon) downsizing , but there are a lot of companies doing great things.''
With headquarters in Camarillo, the local chapter of the not-for-profit corporation A not-for-profit corporation is a corporation created by statute, government or judicial authority that is not intended to provide a profit to the owners or members. A corporation that is organized to provide profits to its owners or members is a for-profit corporation. disburses money to 62 charitable organizations. Services range from programs for youths to services for senior citizens and from crisis intervention crisis intervention Psychiatry The counseling of a person suffering from a stressful life event–eg, AIDS, cancer, death, divorce, by providing mental and moral support. See Hotline. to health care.
The agency relies on hundreds of organizations, businesses and employees to campaign for donations during pledge drives that run from September until February. Many employees agree to deduct a portion of their earnings from their paycheck.
Last year at this time, the agency had posted contributions totaling $2.7 million. The improvement this year is due primarily to increases in what directors call Leadership Giving, a program devoted to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more every year.
But corporate sponsorship has also been on the upswing, he said. Procter & Gamble increased its donation 12 percent to $165,000; Rockwell of Conejo Valley The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by donated $26,222; and Macy's of Ventura pledged $6,056.
The agency has benefited from the arrival of several high-profile retailers this year as well, with Costco in Conejo Valley pledging $16,900 and Target in Camarillo donating $9,596.
``As the county grows and we see all the new development, there's a lot more opportunity for us,'' Phillips said. ``There have been some real dips but we're hoping to bring the funding back up to where it was a few years ago.''