Bottom line

The past several years have not been easy for charitable organizations.

The economic doldrums that have occurred since U.S. philanthropic giving peaked in 2007 has left individuals, corporations and foundations with smaller amounts to give, compelling them to be more selective in their philanthropy.

It should be considered a major victory for the metro area that the United Way of the CSRA was able to finish its 2013 annual campaign above the $4 million mark, as it has since 2008.

The campaign raised $4,128,764, surpassing the $4.1 million goal United Way set in August. The organization, which uses the funds to support 44 programs at 23 area charities, celebrated the achievement this week at the organization’s annual meeting attended by 600 at the Augusta Convention Center.

United Way, whose roots in Augusta date to 1936, focuses on four areas: helping youth succeed, promoting health and wellness, providing basic needs and strengthening families and individuals.

Continued support of the organization in these trying economic times is a testament to the generosity of Augusta-area residents.

To all those who gave during the past year, thank you.

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