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United Way sees decrease in funding

Community leaders gathered for the United Way annual awards program and meeting. (Source: WALB) Community leaders gathered for the United Way annual awards program and meeting. (Source: WALB)
Various companies received awards. (Source: WALB) Various companies received awards. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia non-proft agency said a decrease in donations is only going to make them work harder next year. 

Giving to the United Way of Southwest Georgia dropped by seven percent in 2016.

On Monday the organization hosted its annual meeting. 

It awarded several companies for increased giving, including the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Open arms. 

A campaign rejuvenation award was given to Miller Coors and the City of Albany. 

A public superstars award was given to the Dougherty County School System. 

The 2016 campaign raised roughly $800,000. That is below the campaign goal by almost $200,000. 

LaKisha Bryant Bruce is the president and CEO of United Way. 

She said she's expecting an increase next year. 

Following January's storms, she thinks the public has a better understanding of how active United Way is in the community. 

United Way gives to dozens of programs throughout South Georgia each year. 

Many of the programs focus on education, health and income-based needs. 

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