Blue Grass Council Reacts To United Way Suspending Funding

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 10/24/2013 12:32 am

The United Way of the Bluegrass has suspended funding for the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Grass Council.

Local Boy Scout Executives said the United Way was their largest single contributor, making up 5 percent of their total budget.

Bill Farmer, United Way of the Bluegrass President, said they are suspending their funding because the Boy Scouts of America’s policy doesn’t agree with the United Ways’ non-discrimination policy.

Farmer said they don’t agree with the program’s decision to not let men become troop leaders because of their sexual orientation.

“Discrimination at whatever level whatever amount is unacceptable,” Farmer said.

Farmer said after a multi-decade history with the Boy Scouts, they still believe that it is a good organization.

Chip Armishaw, Blue Grass Council CEO, said they will lose around $100 thousand because of this suspension. He said this will hurt the 10,000 boy scouts that they serve.

“You know obviously when you lose that much funding you have to kinda take a look at what you're doing and what you're going to do,” Armishaw said.

He says the Blue Grass Council will focus on making up the difference, while continuing to provide strong programs for their current troops.

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