Some backlash to United Way decision
SUNBURY — “It hurts,” said Keri Albright, President and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, in response to backlash from their recent decision to withhold funds from the Boy Scouts of America.
Albright said they’ve lost some support. “The worst was the business leaders that have told me they are not going to fund the United Way anymore because of this one issue… Our funding to the boy scouts was 2% of all the money that we invest into the community. 98% of the money that we invest into the community goes to other programs that really, really are great programs… When they say they aren’t going to support United Way anymore, they are hurting the other 98% of the work that we do.”
Albright said it was a tough decision to stop funding a program she personally supported for so long. “Privately I’ve been one of their biggest advocates, saying they don’t discriminate, our local council does not discriminate. We had talked to them several times and they don’t and they never have. Yet when we asked the local council to declare that publicly, they would not. And at that point we had to change our ways of upholding our policy. If they are not going to support what they’re privately saying publicly, then we have to make a different decision.”
Albright, as well as Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Board of Directors Chair Eric Rowe, were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Tuesday. You can download that full program online at WKOK.com. (Codi Jade)