"Obviously, the agencies are our concern," said drive chairman Chris Scheurer, of Central Bank and Trust.
"I've said in the past that we could double our goal every year and the agencies would intelligently use the money."
admitted that United Way faced extra challenges this year with the multitude of capital fund drives under way in Hutchinson.
Those drives include the Hutchinson-Reno County Chamber's Spirit of Success, the Salvation Army
, homeless shelter and the underground salt museum.
"Obviously, there are so many entities in Reno County worthy of your dollar," Scheurer
said."There's definitely been competition for the dollar out there.
"I've had people say to me that they've committed dollars to another project and that they can't give United Way what they've given in the past."
In addition, both Mackey and Scheurer
pointed to a struggling economy.
"Based on my banking background, there's just such a mix out there," Scheurer
said."I think the economy really wants to take off.But people are afraid.
"I even had a person tell me it's so bad their 401k is a 201 right now.It's fear.They're afraid of the economy, afraid of going to war."