UWBV Board Members Say They're Committed to Strengthening Trust

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

Representatives for the United Way of the Brazos Valley say they will be issuing payments to all 49 of their funding partners Friday.
The $135,000 doesn't cover the total amount due, but it is a step in the right direction.

The United Way of the Brazos Valley is at least four months behind on payments to 49 agencies considered to be funding partners.

Ken Fogle, with the Brazos Valley United Way, said, "There are two primary issues that are affecting the United Way. The first deals with an increasing gap between pledged funds and actual contributions that we've received."

"We're fortunate at Twin City Mission that it's a small part of our annual budget," said Ron Crozier with the Twin City Mission.

Ron Rolett, with the Brazos Valley Boys and Girls Clubs, said, "As far as a direct impact, what's happening right now...we've got six or seven fewer teenagers that are at this leadership conference."

Fogle said, "The second area deals with poor budget forecasting and insufficient accounting procedures performed by the staff and board of directors."

Unlike Twin City Mission, the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley relies on the United Way for 20 percent of it's operating funds.

Rolett said, "The boys and girls basketball teams, Ty Warren bought the ones we're using now about eight years ago, so they're pretty well worn, but...that's not gonna happen."

"If it means waiting or delaying getting some payments from the United Way campaign, well, let's do that," said Crozier.

Reps with the United Way say they've hired an outside accounting firm from Brenham to conduct an "in-depth" review of their financial records and improve their accounting procedures.

Fogle added, "I want to make one thing clear. We have not identified any evidence of theft or fraud in this organization."

No matter how dire the situation, these organizations say they won't allow the decrease in funding to force them to close their doors.

Reps with the United Way also say they're considering creating a rainy day fund.
They admit it's come up in the past, but they've always found other pressing issues they felt could use the money.
If they had a reserve fund, they say they wouldn't be in this situation right now.

United Way board members had a meeting today with that accounting firm from Brenham, Seidel, Schroeder and Co.
The firm will also help them separate funding for local community campaigns, like The Boys and Girls Club, and those that are part of the State Employee Charitable Campaign, like The Brazos Valley Food Bank and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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