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United Way releases funding back to YouthPride after investigation

The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has lifted its hold on donations designated for YouthPride after conducting an investigation into the LGBT youth nonprofit spurred by donor complaints and finding no wrongdoing.

“After looking into the complaints against YouthPride by our generous donors, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has decided to lift the hold on designated donor funds to the organization. We have alerted YouthPride and our donors of our decision,” United Way spokesperson David Graves said April 30 in a prepared statement.

Graves said April 13 that United Way had opened an investigation into YouthPride after receiving complaints from donors who made donations to YouthPride through United Way.

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United Way withholds individual donor money to YouthPride

United Way of Metro Atlanta is currently withholding individual donor contributions to YouthPride after donor complaints and community concerns were made about the LGBT youth nonprofit.

United Way allows donors to direct their financial contributions to specific charities. David Graves, spokesperson for United Way of Atlanta, said donor-directed funds are no longer being funneled to YouthPride.

"We took the step recently of holding designated funds (dollars individuals donate directly to YouthPride through United Way) after acknowledging donor complaints and growing community concerns over internal challenges at the organization," Graves said in a statement to the GA Voice.

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YouthPride needs $40,000 by end of year or faces closure in 60 days

YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul said today the nonprofit organization needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 or faces having to close 60 days later.

The amount of money needed by the organization that serves metro-Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 13-24 has varied in the past two weeks. McPhaul said Dec. 8 he wished for $50,000. YouthPride Board Chair Jordan Myers took to Facebook Dec. 9 to say the agency needed to raise $25,000 in a week.

This week, McPhaul said the LGBT agency needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 to cover all of its operating expenses. If the money is not raised, McPhaul said the agency will have to close 60 days after the Dec. 31 deadline.