MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Greater Mankato United Way’s 2021 campaign is running behind on donations, but a local foundation is stepping up to help the initiative reach its goal.
Last year, an anonymous donor pledged to match $35,000 in donations to the campaign. Local supporters have fulfilled that match, but another donor has pledged an additional $25,000 towards matching new and increased donations through January 20th.
The new donor, the Lowell and Nadine Andreas Foundation, is offering to match the donations in addition to their annual gift of $25,000.
This comes after the campaign is reportedly at 88% of its goal, which is behind usual. In recent years, United Way has been at or approaching 100% of its goal at this time.
“The people in need is growing, as well all are hearing and experiencing ourselves, and it’s growing everyday. 2021 is definitely gonna be-- for sure the first half of it-- is still gonna be a trying time for people of need and those that never ever thought they’re gonna need help falling into that bucket. It’s more important than ever that United Way is there to support for the the general needs and be [supportive of] the regular needs that we’ve always done,” said Barb Kaus, CEO of Greater Mankato United Way. “We have $250,000 yet to go.”
The campaign has raised funds for 56 programs within 36 agencies throughout Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.