Boy Scouts React to Loss of United Way Funding
COLUMBIA - The United Way announced which agencies would be receiving funding in 2013 on Friday, but some organizations normally on that list were surprised to find this year they weren't. The Great Rivers Boy Scouts of America is one of the groups that the United Way will not support in 2013. This means a loss of $41,000 for the group.
Scout Executive for the Great Rivers Council Doug Callahan said the loss of funding from the United Way came as a shock. Callahan said it especially came as a surprise since the organization serves at-risk youth, which is one of the focuses of the United Way's new model.
"We were very disappointed because we've been a member since the beginning. And for the last several years our programs, our scout reach programs, which deals with at-risk youth, have been very favorably received by the United Way," Callahan said.
Callahan said the Boy Scouts started recieving more from United Way more than 60 years ago. He said the board will meet next week to discuss ways to make up for losing the United Way's support.
United Way Director Tim Rich told KOMU 8 the Great Rivers chapter is not receiving funding next year because the strategy models the Boy Scouts proposed were not ranked as high as others. Around 100 community members rank local organizations' strategy proposals to determine which ones receive funding from United Way.
Rich said the Boy Scouts could have scored higher if the group had more ways to reach low income children. Rich added the allegations of discrimination surrounding Boy Scouts and homosexuality, that made national news earlier this year, was not a part of the decision. He said the story broke well into the decision process. He's unsure whether that will be considered next time the funding decisions are made.