United Way

United Way plans community conversation

In response to fundraising decline, the United Way of Greater Williamsburg plans to conduct a "community conversation" in hopes of focusing the organization's impact.

Founded in 1949, Williamsburg's United Way has long campaigned in the community, raising and disseminating funds to local agencies, said board president Sam Poole.

In 2016, the organization awarded more than $400,000 to 24 programs across 16 agencies.

But Larry Foster, interim executive director, estimated the local United Way has seen a 5 to 7 percent per year reduction in revenue since 2011. Poole said the decline reflects a national trend.

"There's so many competing priorities...