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April 13, 1993 | MATT MARSHALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year after revelations of lavish spending and questionable business dealings toppled the leader of the nation's largest philanthropic organization, United Way of America is still grappling with the fallout. Many local United Way affiliates that withdrew their membership from the national organization have steadfastly refused to return.
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March 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
United Way of Greater Los Angeles this week unveiled a 10-year plan that would shift more of its spending to poverty-fighting programs that meet the organization's goals to cut dropout rates, reduce homelessness and expand healthcare for children. President Elise Buik said the blueprint seeks to sharpen United Way's focus on problems that threaten to overwhelm local government agencies and leave Los Angeles with an under-skilled labor force.
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July 17, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven social service agencies that assist Los Angeles' homeless and poor will share a $175,000 grant from the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Fannie Mae Foundation. The grants will be awarded today at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 224 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. The joint partnership, called Help the Homeless, provides funding directly to agencies helping the working poor to become self-sufficient, officials said.
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February 13, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
It was in the 1950s when Santa Ana banker Manuel Esqueda decided to search for academic sprouts. Invest in young Latino scholars, he told himself, and they will mature into tomorrow's community leaders. "We wanted them to know that we believed in them so that they could believe in themselves," said Esqueda, 82. Education was key to the next generation's success, said Esqueda, who founded Santa Ana's Gemini Club with 15 other Latino businessmen in the late '50s.
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April 4, 1992 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside investigators have found a "haphazard pattern of expenditures" by top officials of the United Way of America that permitted them to mix personal pleasure and business and to charge both to the charitable organization, according to a report released Friday. Former United Way President William Aramony charged United Way for at least 29 trips to Las Vegas in 1988, 1989 and 1990, investigators said. They were unable to determine which of those trips were business-related.
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April 4, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former head of United Way of America was convicted Monday of charges that he lived lavishly and romanced women with thousands of dollars of the charity's money. After three weeks of trial arguments, a federal jury took seven days to find William Aramony guilty on 25 of 27 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The jury also found that Aramony aides Thomas J. Merlo and Stephen J.
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September 13, 1992 | LINDA GRANT, Linda Grant is a contributing editor of this magazine and a staff writer for the paper's business section. Her last article for the magazine was about Calvin Klein.
SURREAL ATMOSPHERE PERVADED THE STATE-OF-THE-art television-production studio at United Way of America offices in Alexandria, Va., last February as volunteers and employees of the nation's largest charity beamed in for a video-conference.
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June 28, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touted as its most radical revamping in its 70-year history in Los Angeles, United Way on Wednesday unveiled sweeping new fund-raising and distribution goals to address the needs of the region's quickly changing, multi-ethnic population. Long criticized for underfunding minority programs, the agency is setting a priority on funding programs that serve the region's growing ethnic mix, as well as addressing emerging issues such as AIDS, illiteracy, drug abuse and child care.
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October 20, 1995 | TIM MAY
In a rare move, officials from the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley region of the United Way have stopped providing funding to the Home Visitation Center, a nonprofit outreach agency that has provided food and clothing to some of Pacoima's poorest residents since 1979. Last month, a United Way volunteer committee charged with reviewing the center's status ruled that the Home Visitation Center did not comply with administrative, management and oversight criteria required by United Way.
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September 23, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
The United Way of Orange County and the County Human Relations Commission are joining forces to form a broad-based community group that will work to prevent the kind of unrest that led to the Los Angeles riots in April. The group, called Orange County Together, will focus on linking community grass-roots organizations with businesses and high-profile human relations organizations in an effort to evaluate the needs of the increasing ethnic and economic diversity in Orange County.
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June 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A former United Way executive was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $2 million to buy expensive show horses in what is believed to be the biggest embezzlement case in the agency's history. Jacquelyn Allen-MacGregor, 47, was ordered to pay $2.08 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after her prison term. She was employed by the Capital Area United Way in East Lansing for 20 years before resigning as vice president for finance.
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May 28, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Orange County's United Way announced last week that it had bucked a national trend by raising $26.4 million -- about the same as in 2001-02 -- to help the county's needy this year. United Way chapters across the country had reported 3% to 5% drops in fund-raising. "We really owe the resiliency of our fund-raising efforts to the generosity of local companies that encourage their employees to give back to the community," said Maria Chavez Wilcox, United Way president.
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May 16, 2003 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
United Way of Ventura County fell short of its annual fund-raising campaign but still managed to surpass last year's total by $10,000, officials said Thursday. The agency, which funds 50 charitable programs in Ventura County, raised $5.21 million in its 2002-03 campaign, said David M. Smith, president of the agency's local chapter. The goal was $5.5 million.
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October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has named billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad California Philanthropists of the Year in recognition of a $5-million contribution--the single largest gift to any United Way in the state. Officials at the United Way, the region's largest private funder of health and human service programs, hope the Broads' $5-million contribution will encourage others to donate.
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September 29, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
United Way of Ventura County kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign Friday by announcing a donation target of $5 million. The goal is more modest than in recent years for several reasons, including concerns about a downturn in the national and local economies and an outpouring of giving on the national level prompted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "The next few months this organization probably faces the biggest challenge it has ever faced," said David M.
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September 23, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not by accident that San Marino banker Dominic Ng raised a record $66 million for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The first Asian American fund-raising campaign chairman for the charity achieved the milestone this summer by following his well-honed recipe for tackling projects. It started when he was a foreign student attending the University of Houston in 1977, a time when his Texas schoolmates weren't friendly to him or other Chinese students.
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September 14, 1994 | From Associated Press
The government charged the former president of United Way of America and two fellow executives with conspiracy, mail and tax fraud Tuesday, accusing them of lavishly spending the charity's money on vacations, real estate and air travel. The 71-count federal indictment named William Aramony, 67, president of United Way from 1970 until 1992; Stephen J. Paulachak, 49, a United Way executive from 1971 to 1988; and Thomas J. Merlo, 63, chief financial officer of the charity from 1990 to 1992.
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August 31, 1992 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems an unlikely clash of symbols: rugged denim jeans and an Old West stagecoach against merit badges and campfires. But simmering behind those time-worn images of Americana is a struggle over homosexuality, God, civil rights and "traditional family values." It's the Battle of the Boy Scouts, Part II.
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July 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
United Way of Ventura County has named Susan Englund as its new vice president for funds distribution and community impact. Englund, 54, former executive director of Ventura County's Campfire Boys & Girls in Oxnard, will be responsible for managing staff and volunteers in distributing funds, helping to build partnerships in the community and dealing with the organization's 52 member agencies.
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