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United Way gives $15 million in grants for 80 groups
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United Way gives $15 million in grants for 80 groups

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United Way of Dane County announced on Wednesday nearly $15 million in grants for 80 area nonprofit organizations.

The money is being used to fund 203 programs that benefit education, early childhood learning, housing and senior independence, according to Sarah Listug, spokeswoman for United Way of Dane County.

The $14.92 million being invested for 2012 beat last year's total of $14.76 million.

Education and children's programs were the largest beneficiaries from the announcement. United Way invested $4.6 million, or 36 percent, into programs working to improve education and early childhood learning.

Among those programs were Achievement Connections, a program led by the Urban League of Greater Madison that provides tutors to middle and high school students, and Schools of Hope, led by Centro Hispano, which provides tutoring for elementary school students in literacy and math. The two programs saw more than 1,000 volunteers tutor more than 7,200 Dane County students in 2010, Listug said.

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