United Way of the Lower Mainland

4543 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 4T4
President & CEO: Michael McKnight
Board Chair: Steve Hunt

Website: www.uwlm.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0185 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Donor Accountability

Grade: B+

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 #80

Avg. Compensation $92,305

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 7
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About United Way of the Lower Mainland:

Founded in 1930, United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) collects resources and donations to support the local charities of Vancouver. UWLM focuses on building strong communities, helping children and providing help to those in poverty. It aims to strengthen children, families and seniors by tackling these social issues.

In F2016, United Way of the Lower Mainland funded over 150 frontline local agencies to run over 300 programs. Their All That Kids Can Be aims to help the estimated 310,068 children under the age of twelve in the Lower Mainland get a healthy start in life. UWLM has invested $10.4m programs, helping 140,000 children including 38,000 counselling sessions. In its Stronger Communities program. United Way of Lower Mainland partnered with the provincial government to operate “bc211,” a telephone service for the community. This service provides free information in multiple languages and refers people to the services they need. The helpline is always open and receives over 50,000 calls per year. Assistance from the service is sought most for domestic abuse and housing issues. A total of $13.6m was invested in Strong Communities programs. Lastly, through their programs, they could provide over 1.5 million meals and snacks to participants. UWLM invested $400k into its Poverty To Possibility program in F2016.

Financial Review:

United Way of the Lower Mainland is one of the Major 100 charities of Canada. UWLM received donations of $27.2m in F2016. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. For every dollar donated, 77 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. UWLM has funding reserves of $35.2m of which $6.7m are donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, funding reserves can cover 1.1 years of program costs.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by United Way of the Lower Mainland. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 29, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.3%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.0%16.3%15.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 136.6%147.7%172.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,17428,63028,956
Government funding 5,0004,0002,000
Investment income 2841,2501,062
Total revenues 32,45933,88032,019
Program costs 3,8433,7273,659
Grants 21,89520,37219,628
Donor-designated donations 4,5175,3194,974
Administrative costs 2,0022,0391,788
Fundraising costs 4,6214,6684,335
Other costs 231226234
Cash flow from operations (4,648)(2,470)(2,600)
Funding reserves 35,15735,59440,264
Note: Ci removed amortization expenses from administrative costs. This affected administrative costs by ($229k) in F2016 ($231k) in F2015 and ($230k) in F2014

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