BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa County has been ousted from the charity’s parent organization, United Way Worldwide.

Concerns about financial irregularities in the Milton based local United Way prompted trustees of United Way’s umbrella group in Alexandra, Virginia, to act Wednesday.

“Effective March 6, 2019, United Way of Santa Rosa County (Milton, Florida) is no longer a member of United Way Worldwide,” according to an email to the Navarre Press from a spokeswoman for the parent organization, Southerlyn Reisig.

“This action was taken by the United Way U.S. Board of Trustees, based on a review by the membership accountability committee,” Reisig said. She added, “As a result, United Way of Santa Rosa County must cease use of the United Way name and logo.”

Santa Rosa United Way officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

A separate Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the local United Way’s finances that began last October is still underway and expected to conclude later in March.

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