United Way of Calgary and Area

600-105 12 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
President & CEO: Karen Young
Board Chair: Bruce McFarlane

Website: www.calgaryunitedway.org
Charitable Reg. #: 13022 9750 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 #141

Avg. Compensation $69,991

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 1
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 2
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About United Way of Calgary and Area:

Founded in 1940, United Way of Calgary (UWC) raises funds and allocates money to local charities working towards building strong communities, helping youth and fighting poverty in Calgary. It also runs programs to support poor people and other affected members of the community. UWC states that, in Calgary, 127,000 people live under the poverty line, 1 in 5 Calgary youth do not complete high school on time and that domestic violence calls are increasing in Calgary, reaching nearly 19,000 calls in F2015.

United Way Calgary grants funds to 104 agencies in Calgary. In F2016, United Way of Calgary allocated $44.4m to the community through grants to frontline charities and United Way initiatives. It invested $10.0m in poverty alleviation, $14.1m in child development and $20.3m in community programs. It also spent $7.4m on United Way initiatives. Since 2008, UWC together with the City of Calgary have launched 6 community hubs, where people gather together to discuss social issues in the community, build relationships and support development programs. Charities also started after-school confidence building programs for teenage girls and provided scholarships for young women to continue education.

In F2016, UWC-funded programs filed 4,602 tax returns for clients, resulting in $3.5 million in tax refunds for Calgarians living on low incomes. Its All In for Youth program has seen 81% of participants report an increase in their grades and 95% able to envision a more positive future. Its children’s programming has helped 20,020 children learn or improve a skill. UWC’s 2016 community impact report demonstrates the impact of its investments as well as the expected social return on investment (SROI). UWC reports that for every $1 invested in poverty programs, $5 of social value is created.

In 2015, United Way of Calgary and Area, in partnership with The City of Calgary, Vibrant Communities Calgary, and Momentum have launched Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy – Enough for All. This strategy aims to reduce poverty in Calgary by 50% by 2023.

Financial Review:

United Way of Calgary is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities. It received donations of $55.5m in F2016. Administrative costs are 5% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of total donations. For every dollar donated, 89 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. UWC has total funding reserves of $76.3m, including $22.6m in donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, funding reserves cover annual program costs for 1.4 years.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 6th, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.9%4.3%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.8%5.9%5.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 192.2%168.5%176.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 55,48157,57659,654
Investment income 2,0143,9394,379
Other income 308681
Total revenues 57,52561,60064,113
Program costs 7,9099,3489,745
Grants 31,81132,99933,411
Donor-designated donations 11,75813,32612,296
Administrative costs 2,7002,4732,357
Fundraising costs 3,1883,4203,330
Cash flow from operations 159342,975
Funding reserves 76,34471,36876,335
Note: Ci included unrealized gains from investments in its revenue calculations. Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs.

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