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Local Nonprofits Encouraged by United Way Shake-up

As the dust settles on a leadership shake-up at the United Way of Central Carolinas, local nonprofits are breathing easier. The United Way gave more than 20-million dollars to nearly 100 nonprofits in the Charlotte region last year. The United Way board's decision to fire CEO Gloria Pace King has restored confidence to officials at many local nonprofits, including Jim Price. He's development director for the Salvation Army of Charlotte. "Seems like they're really headed in the right direction with the different committees and task forces they're forming to figure out how they got to where they are and now we have full confidence they've got it all under control," says Price The Salvation Army receives more than a million dollars a year from the United Way. So does the YWCA. That group's Executive Director Jane McIntyre says it was wise to appoint retired Wachovia executive Mac Everett as interim CEO of the United Way. Had the United Way Board not taken decisive action to correct its mistakes, McIntire says the resulting loss in donations would have left many children and families homeless and hungry.