United Way Makes 10 Percent Cuts to Fort Wayne Agencies

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Nearly three dozen Fort Wayne-area agencies will see funding cuts because of a shortfall in local United Way fundraising.

The United Way of Allen County's board voted to cut its grants by 10 percent, or $400,000. The organization says its fundraising campaigns have fallen $1 million short since 2012 and that it's using some reserve money to lessen the cuts.

AIDS Task Force director Jeff Markley tells The Journal Gazette that while the agency will only lose about $2,500 from the cuts, any funding decrease is challenging.

United Way CEO David Nicole tells The News-Sentinel that the organization tried to do the least harm possible with the cuts to 34 social-service agencies. He says early results for the group's current $4.9 million fundraising drive are encouraging.