United Way of the Alberta Capital Region

15132 Stony Plain Road
Edmonton, AB T5P 3Y3
President & CEO: Rob Yager
Board Chair: Bob McGee

Charitable Reg. #:11926 0487 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of the Alberta Capital Region :

Founded in 1941, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region (UWACR) raises money to support programs and initiatives that fight poverty in Edmonton and surrounding areas. This includes Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, St. Alberta, Leduc County, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County. The charity states that 135,000 people in Alberta live in poverty; the cost of poverty in the province is between $7.1 and $9.5 billion annually.

UWACR distributes grants to local organizations and runs its own community programs, including Homeless Connect, Tools for School, Kid Kits, and All in for Youth. All mission spending goes toward one of three focus areas: Break the Cycle, Lift People Out, and Provide a Safety Net. UWACR states that it helped 283,000 people across all three areas in F2018.

Break the Cycle funding supports early childhood development, after-school, literacy, and general support programs that help kids break the poverty cycle and succeed academically. In its F2018 Community Report, UWACR states that 24,000 students participated in healthy development programs, 6,400 families received early learning and parenting support, 5,000 kids participated in after-school programs, 15,051 schools kits were distributed through Tools for School, and 1,500 school kits were distributed through Kid Kits.

Lift People Out funding helps people access basic needs (healthy food and housing assistance) and also supports employment and financial literacy programs. In F2018, UWACR reports that 4,800 people received help filing income taxes and accessing benefits, 2,100 people got help obtaining and retaining employment, 1,400 people were trained in financial literacy, 4,500 care kits were distributed through Homeless Connect, and 549 Home Kits were distributed to newly-housed families.

Provide a Safety Net funding supports programs that provide mental health counselling, referral services, domestic violence support, or work with at-risk youth. UWACR reports that 19,700 people with mental health challenges got counselling and 2,500 people who experienced domestic violence received support in F2018.

One of UWACR’s new initiatives, All in For Youth, started in F2017 and is currently being piloted in five schools in Edmonton. The purpose of this initiative is to support kids through their elementary and high school experience, with the goal of getting all youth in Edmonton to graduate high school – UWACR believes that graduating is a critical milestone toward breaking the poverty cycle. In F2018, 2,100 students accessed support, 921 kids attended out-of-school programs, 900 students received breakfast, lunch and snacks, 824 family members received short-term interventions, and 238 students received one-to-one mentorship through the All in For Youth program.

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Results and Impact

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region's most recent F2017 Community Investments and Impact Summary report includes data collected by funded partners regarding key outcomes on its clients. Major outcomes, which the charity reports as ‘positive changes,’ included: 64,862 people were supported in meeting basic needs; 27,809 parents developed knowledge and skills needed to provide a nurturing environment for their kids; 5,899 people have increased their social support network; 3,472 people developed the skills needed to address personal issues; 2,569 people have improved their family functioning; and 1,752 people reported improvements in healthy relationships.

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United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is a Major 100 – one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. It received $22.8m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 8% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, 82 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Funding reserves of $16.9m include $18.1m in cash and investments net of $1.2m in mortgages. UWACR could fund annual program costs and grants at the F2019 level for just over 11 months with existing reserves.

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region’s five largest grants to funded partners reported in its audited financial statements are: $1.1m to the Family Centre of Northern Alberta, $771k to Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton, $633k to Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region, $381k to YMCA of Northern Alberta, and $371k to Bissell Centre. Also included in grants are community partnerships and initiatives costs, which include $3.3m on All in for Youth and $279k on Empower U.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way of the Alberta Capital Region for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 13, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.8%7.3%7.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.4%10.2%11.0%
Total overhead spending 18.1%17.4%18.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 93.1%80.3%90.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 22,78622,59223,811
Government funding 3,5253,2831,547
Business activities (net) 11986129
Investment income 22113178
Other income 201448
Total revenues 26,67226,10525,613
Program costs 5,6725,0733,990
Grants 12,51413,97112,836
Donor-designated donations 2,6642,6502,816
Administrative costs 2,0531,8921,804
Fundraising costs 2,3632,2922,612
Total spending 25,26625,87824,058
Cash flow from operations 1,4062271,555
Capital spending 1092020
Funding reserves 16,92515,29615,298

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out amortization of deferred capital contributions and adjusted for changes in deferred contributions in donations, affecting revenues by $2.7m in F2018, $340k in F2017, and $2.5m in F2016. Amortization is backed out of fundraising and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis in F2019 and F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 63

Avg. compensation: $86,451

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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