Organizers and fundraisers for the Heart of Illinois United Way say state cuts and budget deadlock are motivating them to campaign harder this year.
The organization kicked off its annual fundraising initiative during a breakfast Friday morning.
44 businesses and organizations participated in the summer pace-setter campaign, raising more than $1.3 million. That’s up nearly $200,000 compared to this time last year. 2015 Campaign Co-chair Tana Utley says many nonprofits are counting on United Way support to keep their bottom line: