Charity Tracker is a software program and network that links a number of helping agencies, schools, churches, and other community groups in tracking giving in Knox County.
By a confidential system, individuals and families information are submitted into a system that allows other participants to appreciate each person's needs and receipts from other organizations. Started in Knox county originally to assist with the Christmas Gifting programs (an outcome of a community conversation), Charity Tracker has now grown to assist agencies and others track such items as utility assistance, emergency shelter assistance, clothing, food, and other monitary supports.
The program is administered through the Salvation Army and is supported by the United Way through a grant obtained by the Lilly foundation. Partner agencies, school social workers, and church groups have all enthusiastically endorsed this program and hope to continue to gain other partners in the process. The group recognizes that this is a unique way for our United Way supporters to know that we are monitoring thier donations in a way that will increase better utilization and avoid duplication of efforts. The Marines Toy for Tots estimated that they saved $3,000 in the 2016 season from their participation in the program. The system also allows participant to communicate about a client who might have unique needs.
Interested parties can contact Capt Laura Lunnam at Salvation Army for additional information. 812-882-6933.
In Crawford County the Charity Tracker network was established in the Summer of 2017 with 6 partner agencies participating. The effort was established to identify service gaps that existed between agencies and to establish an emergency funding process that would assist agencies better meet the needs of individuals and families that "fall between the cracks." The administrator of the network is the United Way office. Interested agencies wishing to join the network can contact Barbara Shimer the Community Resource Representative by calling 618-562-8703 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org