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Boy Scout funds to continue

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The purpose of my letter is to clarify the position of United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area, which serves the residents of Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties, regarding the Boy Scouts. Last week, the United Way of Southeastern New England, in Providence, R.I., announced plans to cut funding for groups that discriminate against homosexuals, including the Boy Scouts.

This decision, made by the local board of directors in Providence, R.I., in no way impacts the funding of the Boy Scouts by United Way here in the Salt Lake Area. All funding decisions for a community are made by volunteers from that local community to best serve the needs of the people living there.

United Way in Rhode Island is only one of 1,400 locally operated United Way organizations throughout the country. There is no connection between United Way actions in Rhode Island and United Way in Salt Lake City. All funding decisions for United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area are independent from the policies of the other 1,400 United Way groups and the national trade association, United Way of America.

The board of directors of United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area has expressed no intention of removing its support of the local Boys Scouts at this time. We have been longtime supporters of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Salt Lake Council, and we anticipate continuing our strong partnership to serve the United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area's goals of prevention, teamwork and local results.

United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area guides and funds six local Community Solutions that form a safety net, preventing crisis from destroying lives forever and causing continued dependence on society. Community Solutions are made up of 50 trusted, local nonprofit agencies (including the Boy Scouts) that work together on six teams to tackle the most critical problems facing our community.

Deborah S. Bayle

Chief executive officer

United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area