United Way of Fort McMurray

1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5
Executive Director: Cecilia Mutch
Board Chair: Tony Mankowski

Charitable Reg. #:11926 0495 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Fort McMurray:

The United Way of Fort McMurray is dedicated to improving the quality of life in its community and raises funds to address human service needs in the Wood Buffalo region in Alberta. The organization funds many agencies, focusing on poverty, health, and children. It raises funds primarily through the annual Community Campaign, which includes donations from company payrolls, corporations and individuals.

2016 was a challenging year for United Way Fort McMurray. With the declining oil prices and effects of layoffs in the area, it faced a decrease in contributions of nearly $1.5m between F2014 and F2015. Concurrently, funding requests from agencies increased by $1.0 million dollars. With strict funding priorities, United Way of Fort McMurray reports not a single agency received their total requested funding.

On May 3rd, wildfires hit Fort McMurray, destroying over 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the evacuation of more than 88,000 residents. In response to the fires, United Way of Fort McMurray set up the Fire Recovery Fund where donations would be used for short-term needs directly resulting from the wildfire. This fund received $4.5 million, $2.4m from donations and $2.1m from a benefit concert. As of May 9th, United Way of Fort McMurray reports that 40% of the fund has been invested in the region. The funds have supported 29 agencies including the Salvation Army, the SPCA and Fort McMurray Minor Hockey.

In F2016, United Way Fort McMurray provided its standard community investments to 30 agencies. The top 10 grantees make up 68% of total grants. The top five recipients of United Way Fort McMurray grants are Centre of Hope ($448k), the Salvation Army ($443k), Pastew Place Detox ($430k), The Hub Family Resource Centre ($375k) and Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention ($371k).

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United Way of Fort McMurray is a large-cap charity with donations of $8.3m in F2016. Administrative costs are 6% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents goes towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $10.1m which can fund programs for just under 17 months.

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

Updated July 14, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%5.9%4.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.3%8.3%6.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 141.7%139.1%168.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,3456,4017,752
Business activities (net) 480333
Investment income 66(50)138
Total revenues 8,4596,3518,223
Program costs 122141130
Grants 7,0166,7056,142
Administrative costs 486380332
Fundraising costs 361530478
Cash flow from operations 473(1,405)1,140
Funding reserves 10,1129,52510,563

Note: Ci reported income from business activities (Redpoll Centre) on a net basis, reducing revenues and expenses by $303k in F2016, $355k in F2015, and $212k in F2014. Ci adjusted for amortization, reducing both administrative and fundraising costs by $1k in F2016, $4k in F2015 and $7k in F2014.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. Compensation $74,434

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 F2016

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