GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - One of the nation's largest non-profits, the Susan G. Komen foundation, is facing record low fundraising.
They aren't alone.
There are currently more than 1.5 million non-profits in the U.S. competing for your dollar.
"We think everybody knows about United Way because we are like a trusted blanket. We have been around for well, this is the 125th year" says Gregg Hetue, President / CEO of Brown County United Way.
However, to meet a larger than ever campaign goal, of $4 million, the Brown County United Way finds education is key.
"Instead of just giving to something, if you know about it, and you see the results of it you're a part of it" says Hetue.
Though they are getting creative, securing a donation isn't easy.
Green Bay's Altrusa House is finding a shift in recent years as corporations pull back on donations to balance their budget.
"What we are seeing now is people who are benefitting from the house giving back to us as well" says Mary Hanzel, President of Altrusa Club.
The house is designed for people like Toni Flesch whose dad is in hospital, far away from home.
"There is a place where we can leave our toothbrushes, clothes. It has been a blessing more than I ever realized when I stepped in the door that night" says Flesch.
Ironically her father donated to the Altrusa House in the past.
"I am sure he never ever dreamt that he would have his own family spending days, nights, a month at the Altrusa House" says Flesch.
Proof charity has a way of coming full circle.
United Way tells Local 5 they are off to a strong start in their fundraising goals.
Schreiber Foods already increased its annual donation by $68,000.
It is welcome news for more than two dozen local programs funded by United Way.