United Way Ottawa
Ottawa, ON K1K 2C5
President & CEO: Michael Allen
Board Chair: Frank Bilodeau
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0250 RR0001
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #89
Avg. Compensation $58,739
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
|$300k - $350k||0|
|$250k - $300k||0|
|$200k - $250k||1|
|$160k - $200k||1|
|$120k - $160k||5|
|$80k - $120k||3|
|$40k - $80k||0|
About United Way Ottawa:
Founded in 1933, United Way Ottawa (UWO) brings people and resources together to build a strong, healthy and safe community. UWO works with local charities and the government to support communities in Ottawa. It raises funds and invests these resources where they are needed the most and have the greatest impact. The charity donates to over 100 charities and operates in 107 neighborhoods of Ottawa. UWO claims to understand the needs of the community based on its research, consultation and analysis approach.
In F2016, United Way Ottawa allocated $7.8m to local charities and spent $3.5m on its programs. UWO gave $504k to Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, $334k to Catholic Family Service Ottawa, $283k to Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, $281k to Family Services a la famille Ottawa and $211k to World Skills Employment Centre. UWO supported 2,133 parents and young children in leadership development and educational activities. It gave employment support to 5,000 immigrants and 600 people with disabilities. In the past year, UWO donated $869k to refugees of the Syrian crisis, investing in 18 housing projects for Syrian refugees in Canada. 89 refugees were safely settled in Ottawa, thanks to UWO’s funding. UWO also runs the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign in all of the 101 government departments. This results in significant donor-designated donations that UWO collects and distributes to the charities of the donors’ choices. Donor-designated donations are 45% of total donations.
United Way Ottawa states that its funding has allowed 90% of youth in temporary housing programs to find stable housing. Similarly, 63% of students who participated in a Summer Achievement Gap program report improved reading levels and 94 of children who attend regular homework clubs have shown better academic results.
United Way Ottawa is one of Canada's Major 100 charities with donations of $26.3m in F2015. Donations are in a steady decline of 5%-6% year over year since 2014. Administration costs are 9% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of total donations. Total overhead costs come to 20% compared to 16% in F2014 as United Way Ottawa develops new fundraising initiatives. These overhead costs are within Ci’s reasonable range. United Way Ottawa holds $9.1m in funding reserves that can cover 78% of its annual program costs.
This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by United Way of Ottawa. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on July 13th, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||9.4%||10.6%||9.7%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||10.6%||8.4%||6.6%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||81.3%||77.1%||88.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Cash flow from operations||(126)||(137)||615|