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United Way of Virginias addresses problems

October 22, 2013
Associated Press

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — The United Way of the Virginias executive director has resigned as the charity organization works to regain its tax-exempt status and state registration.

President Gary Dernardo tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph ( ) that the organization has suspended a fund campaign. It also isn't accepting donations until its tax-exempt status and charity registration are restored.

Dernardo says executive director Michelle Carter submitted her resignation. Carter declined to comment.

The Bluefield, W.Va.-based organization serves Mercer and McDowell counties in West Virginia and Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell counties in Virginia.

West Virginia Secretary of State's Office spokesman Jake Glance says the organization lost its tax-exempt status and charity registration in 2008 because it didn't file required reports.

Denardo says the organization has paid $1,525 in late filing and registration fees.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph,



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