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United Way exceeds goal

The Jamestown United Way announced Thursday that it exceeded its goal for the 2013-2014 fundraising period that ended Feb. 28.

The group, at its annual meeting Thursday at the North Dakota Farmer’s Union Auditorium, learned United Way raised $211,887, topping its goal of $200,000.

The organization raised $229,000 during the 2012-2013 drive.

This is the second year the goal had been set at $200,000. Previously, the United Way goal was $185,000.

“It is above our goal and that feels good,” said Megan Aldinger, co-campaign chairman for this drive, on the amount raised. “It is less than last year, but last year was a record breaker, so this is good.”

Aldinger said the drive attempted to reach and involve more people.

“The most fun was the (senior) prom,” she said. “But the best feeling was when we went past the goal and knew we could fund the organizations.”

The senior prom was held Sept. 27 and was attended by about 130 senior citizens and older adults at the Gladstone Inn & Suites.

United Way provides funds to 22 nonprofit groups and agencies. It limits its funding to 501(c) organizations located in or near Stutsman County.

Those organizations will go through a new application process for the 2014-2015 drive, according to Karla Bachmeier, executive director of United Way.

“The state and national boards are headed towards community impact funding models,” she said. “We need to show the community of Jamestown where the dollars are going and want to give the people facts.”

Bachmeier said the Jamestown chapter would transition to the community impact funding model over the next two to four years. The first step will be some changes to the forms agencies fill out to request funds.

The model separates agencies into three building blocks for a good life. Education, financial stability and health/wellness are each considered as ways to improve residents’ lives.

United Way will ultimately work to provide statistics on how its grants are impacting the community, Bachmeier said. This will require the cooperation of the agencies receiving funding.

“The Jamestown United Way cannot do this alone,” she said.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at