Metro United Way reports record donations

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether in spite of the economy or because of it, the Greater Twin Cities United Way reports raising a record $94.9 million in its 2008 fund drive. The total includes some grants and other revenue.

Spokeswoman Randi Yoder says the total shows people in the Twin Cities are trying to make life better for people who need help.

The group says the need for the money will be great. Frank Forsberg, a senior vice president who oversees fund distribution, says United Way is concerned that governments will cut spending on health and social services that are provided by nonprofits.

The agency has advised those groups to focus on their core missions and look at ways to cut costs.

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