jennifer-oflannery-anderson_web.jpgFT. LAUDERDALE — The board of directors of the United Way of Broward County approved allocations totaling $1.5 million for Broward County non-profit agencies.

The agency said programs sharing the money will address “critical issues and gaps in services within target areas” that include special needs/disabilities, mental health, healthy choices, senior care, HIV/AIDS prevention, support/Hospice care, training, domestic violence, substance abuse and health services/clinics.

The allocations were announced after committees comprising United Way donors and volunteers with experience in health care listened to presentations and evaluated each program, according to Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, president/CEO of the organization.

“The dollars were stretched as far as possible and the funds will focus on the most urgent needs of the community,” she said in a statement announcing the awards.

Allocations decisions are based on the merits of the proposed programs and the measurable outcomes listed in the written applications. United Way said it received 73 proposals from 58 agencies and 26 of them will get funding.

 The funding ranges from $25,000 to $150,000 for programs, the average amount being $56,000.

The focus of the health impact initiative is to support access to and availability of essential preventative and supportive health programs and services for individuals and families in the county.

In a related move, United Way’s board voted to approve additional health funding for its Supporting Broward’s Military Families initiative.

A total of $250,000 per year, for the next three years, will go towards a collaborative effort between Nova Southeastern University and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8195 to help military families.

For a list of agencies funded by United Way of Broward County, visit

Photo: Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson