The North Texas Area United Way is without an executive director on Tuesday after Diana Phillips submitted her resignation and the organization is also falling short $200,000 in its annual campaign.
The United Way board of directors decided to extend their fundraising campaign through May 1.
The organization helps fund about 12 local programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls, The Salvation Army and the Wichita Adult Literacy Council.
Phil Waggoner, United Way Board Chairman, hopes this campaign extension will help maintain funding at the same levels without any cuts to programs.
"We met with them this afternoon and assured them that we would fund them 100% all the way through September and plans are to raise this money to fund them through the end of the fiscal year," Waggoner says.
Waggoner says the fundraising campaign has been down the last three years due to the economy.
He says the organization had reserves but they've been exhausted.
"We are convinced that we can raise this money," Waggoner says. "That this community cares about the items such as education, income and health for our community and we're convinced that we can do it."
In addition, the organization has a budget deficit of $203,000.
Waggoner says the organization has made cuts in areas like salaries and expenses.
Waggoner says $300,000 need to be raised to overcome the shortfall and the deficit.
"Every single penny, dollar that we raise will go to programs not to administrative cost," Waggoner exclaims.
Waggoner hopes the community will see the investment the United Way has made in the area and will help during this plea for giving.
Waggoner says Phillips will be involved with the organization through this transition period through the end of May.
Campaigning efforts will begin as early as next week.