Metro United Way cuts thousands in funding to charities - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Metro United Way cuts thousands in funding to charities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro United Way is cutting thousands of dollars in funding to some of its charities, which could mean a struggle to maintain services for some charities.

12-year-old Cory Tinsley, a Hosparus client, has been fighting and beating the odds since birth. His mother Pamela McDaniel said she didn’t think he was going to live.

“When I carried him, he suffered a stroke,” McDaniel explained, “and when he made it through a day, it shocked everybody.”

But Cory now requires around the clock care. “Cory was born with cerebral palsy,” McDaniel says “he also has chronic lung disease and he suffers with seizure.”

Because of his condition, Cory's family gets some much needed help and relief from Hosparus and its "Kourageous Kids" program.

But the program is facing a reduction in services after Metro United Way announced major funding cuts to several local charities; it will amount to about $180,000 for Hosparus.

Hosparus President and CEO Phil Marshall says Cory is someone who could be affected by United Way funding cuts. "There would be 25 children and their families that could be impacted," Marshall said. “So a little less than 10 percent, but still significant."

Marshall says the cuts didn't blindside him, but it would have been helpful to have more time. “If we could have had three years to kind of phase it down so that we could build it back in to our fundraising," said Marshall.

Metro United Way says the cuts are the result of less money raised last year and a shift in distribution of money to early childhood education.

Marshall says “it'll take us about 3 years at normal increases in fundraising to get that 180,000 back."

Tuesday, Hosparus announced the final phase of a campaign that will help replace the funding.

“We're wrapping up a capital campaign but we're adding half a million dollars to raise for and to benefit our Kourageous Kids program," Marshall said.

But for now, Cory Tinsley’s mother is pleading for help because his around the clock care is much easier with her around the clock connection to Hosparus.

“I plead to the public to help," Pamela McDaniel said, “and when I wake up and he is having a seizure or he is struggling to breathe, I can make a phone call to a nurse and not get a recording, but get a voice."

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