United Way of Central Maryland is behind in campaign contributions, but officials pin the problem on slow returns rather than a sluggish economy.
"I don't see any indication the economy is having an adverse effect," said Mel Tansill, a United Way spokesman. "But companies are not reporting as fast as they did last year."
Mr. Tansill said the 1991 campaign, which ends Nov. 15, had collected $15.2 million as of Friday. That amount is less than half of the organization's $34.7 million goal. Last year, United Way was more than 50 percent toward its target by this time.