YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

May 06, 2015


The Chicago Tribune interviewed Richard Malone, President and CEO, and Dayshawn Hunt, Teen REACH participant, about the impact of state funding cuts on children and families that rely on essential programs provided by the YMCA. "

Photo courtesy of Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune

As social service programs scrambled to adjust to abrupt state funding cuts last month, a few received generous private donations to help plug the gap. But they are hardly in the clear.

With larger cuts looming for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, charities are ramping up advocacy and fundraising — and emphasizing that philanthropy is not enough.

“As generous as our donors are, there’s no way they can make up that difference,” said Dick Malone, president and CEO of YMCA of Metro Chicago, referring to a $25,000 donation the nonprofit received last month to partly offset a $55,000 cut to a teen program.

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