Citing deep cuts in United Way funds, the Salvation Army of Massachusetts has ended its 70-year relationship with the grant-making giant’s regional chapter, according to The Boston Globe.
The Christian social-services group said its direct grant from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley was set to drop to $171,000 next year, down 54 percent from three years ago. Salvation Army leaders “had to look at that and say, ‘What is happening with the relationship?’” said Maj. William Bode, a commander in the organization’s Massachusetts division.
Total United Way allocations to the Salvation Army, which include funds beyond the direct grants, increased in the 2009 fiscal year, according to tax records. Michael K. Durkin, president of the local United Way, said the group had recently concluded a review of Salvation Army programs and was planning to increase its share of donations in coming years.
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