United Way Toronto & York Region

12th floor, 26 Wellington Street East
Toronto, ON M5E 1W9
President & CEO: Susan McIsaac
Board Chair: Vince Timpano

Website: www.unitedwaytyr.com
Charitable Reg. #: 11927 8216 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #204

Avg. Compensation $91,175

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 7
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About United Way Toronto & York Region:

Founded in 1917, United Way Toronto merged with United Way of York Region in 2014 to form United Way Toronto and York Region (UWTYR). UWTYR works towards building strong communities, helping youth and fighting poverty. It also advocates for social issues and researches on unemployment and poverty in Greater Toronto Area. The charity raises funds from the community and grants to over 200 local charities. UWTYR is the biggest United Way in North America.

In F2016, United Way Toronto and York Region gave $108.9m in grants to other charities - $35.8m handling donor-designated donations (27% of donations) and stewarding $73.1m in grants to local charities in its area. United Way Toronto spent $4.7m on its own charity programs monitoring and evaluating grants and doing charity research. In F2015 United Way Toronto's largest grants were $3.8m to Family Service Toronto, $2.5m to Canadian Red Cross, $1.8m to Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, $1.5m to YWCA Toronto and $1.3m to YMCA of Greater Toronto - 15% of total local charity grants. To address social issues and youth unemployment, charities funded by UWTYR provided 368 programs and 60,000 counselling sessions. UWTYR funded a further 966,000 meals for the poor and 183 programs for poverty reduction.

Through advocacy, United Way Toronto and York Region has influenced four key pieces of legislation. The new laws improved employment standards, regulated lending and implemented a Poverty Reduction Act. UWTYR contributed to the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PESPSO) research report. The report was cited 48 times in government proceedings and 55 times in journals and academic publications.

Financial Review:

United Way Toronto and York Region is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities. It received donations of $131.5m in F2016. Administrative costs are 5% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of total donations. Total overheads are 18%, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. United Way Toronto and York Region has total funding reserves of $119.2m, including $23.7m in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, funding reserves can cover the charity’s annual program costs for 1.2 years.

This report is an update and is currently being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 15th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.5%3.5%3.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.6%12.7%13.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 153.2%172.6%156.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 131,535123,157124,290
Government funding 2,1081,1611,052
Investment income 3,2597,7795,079
Other income 8792,0062,207
Total revenues 137,781134,103132,628
Program costs 4,7164,1973,684
Grants 73,09565,77470,472
Donor-designated donations 35,82838,20034,204
Administrative costs 6,0244,4625,003
Fundraising costs 17,81815,68116,728
Cash flow from operations 3005,7892,537
Funding reserves 119,212120,737116,056
Note: Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs. Ci netted donor-designated grants for allocations and needs assessment expenses and recoveries for area-wide campaign costs.

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