United Way of Saskatoon & Area

100-506 25th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 4A7
CEO: Sheri Benson
Board Chair: Kara Leftly

Charitable Reg. #:11927 6509 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 73 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Saskatoon & Area:

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is a 4-star charity. It is financially transparent, has reasonable overhead costs, and average results reporting to donors.

Founded in 1959, United Way of Saskatoon and Area (UWS) raises funds to improve lives and build caring communities in the Saskatoon region by addressing the most prevalent human service needs. In the short-term, United Way Saskatoon invests in local programs to help meet immediate needs. United Way Saskatoon also participates in research, strategy development, partnerships, and advocacy to help create long-term change. Its grants and programs in F2021 focused in four areas: covid-19 Relief Grants, Building Strong Communities, Moving People from Poverty to Possibility and Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be.

United Way Saskatoon distributes covid-19 Relief Grants to help support those facing the effects of the pandemic. In F2021, UWS supported 92 projects in 26 communities with covid-19 Relief Grants. 26% of the funding went toward food security, 23% of this funding helped with social isolation and cultural support, and 15% went toward child and youth supports. The remainder went toward poverty and homelessness, mental health, financial wellness and employment, and domestic violence.

United Way Saskatoon’s Building Strong Communities program supports mental health initiatives and aims to help connect people with their community. In F2021, UWS-supported services delivered 4,066 hours of counselling. UWS funded programs that helped 1,580 victims of sexual assault receive counselling. 1,147 adults, youth and children received individual and group counselling, supporting their mental health and well-being. 

United Way of Saskatoon’s Moving People from Poverty to Possibility focus is to ensure that everyone has access to the most basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and transportation. In F2021, there were 8,834 visits to a student-led health and wellness clinic that provided clinical visits, child care, meals, and free income tax services. UWS also granted to a program that provided 15 virtual and in-person financial literacy workshops to 277 people.

Its fourth area of focus is Helping Kids Be All They Can Be. The charity’s goals are to help children and youth do well in school, improve access to early childhood learning and assist youth in transitioning to post-secondary education and adulthood. UWS paired 406 children with adult mentors in F2021. UWS ran six Summer Success literacy camps in F2021 which were attended by 100 students. 119 children and youth also attended before/after school programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, UWS helped provide 205,167 meals to vulnerable men, women, and children who otherwise would have gone without. UWS also helped deliver 725 food boxes to seniors struggling with food insecurity.

90% of individuals surveyed after the financial literacy workshops indicated they found the workshops valuable and gained knowledge because of the programming.

97% of the mentors involved in the mentorship program indicated that the program helped their mentee believe that they matter to the people around them. 86% of children who participated in before/after school programs indicated feeling proud or confident because of the program.

Summer Success literacy camps had a 69% attendance rate in F2021. 69% of children who participated in the full two weeks of the program maintained or increased their reading levels.

While Ci highlights these results, this may not be a complete representation of UWS's results and impact.

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United Way of Saskatoon and Area received $3.9m in donations in F2022. Fundraising costs are 16% of donations and administrative costs are 11% of revenues. This results in total overhead spending of 27%. For each dollar donated, 73 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $2.9m can cover program and grant expenses for just over 1 year at the F2022 level.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way of Saskatoon and Area for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2022 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.9%7.5%12.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 16.2%14.4%17.7%
Total overhead spending 27.1%21.9%30.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 109.6%64.1%89.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,891,1784,057,1643,655,202
Government funding 95,3472,069,90248,684
Investment income 9,74110,04024,796
Other income 146,466187,973364,474
Total revenues 4,142,7326,325,0794,093,156
Program costs 850,258603,8801,377,473
Grants 1,823,4723,584,819627,650
Donor-designated donations 266,752289,727312,428
Administrative costs 450,899472,443522,140
Fundraising costs 629,568583,020647,480
Total spending 4,020,9495,533,8893,487,171
Cash flow from operations 121,783791,190605,985
Capital spending 13,4976,2106,340
Funding reserves 2,929,0972,682,9341,789,276

Note: Ci allocated administrative expenses according to allocation of operating expenses from UWS's audited financial statements.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 14

Avg. compensation: $77,765

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001