United Way of Fort McMurray

1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5
Board President: Steve Yatauro
Executive Director: Cecilia Mutch

Charitable Reg. #:11926 0495 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Fort McMurray:

United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent, has reasonable overhead costs, and has an above average results reporting grade. 

Founded in 1978, United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo (UWFM), formerly United Way of Fort McMurray, grants funds to local charities to improve lives and build a stronger community in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. In 2018, the charity changed its name to United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo to better reflect the community that it serves. The charity’s three granting programs are: Healthy People Strong Communities, All That Kids Can Be, and From Poverty to Possibility. In F2021, its three largest grant recipients were Salvation Army ($339k), Pastew Place Detoxification Centre ($307k), and Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention ($214k). 

As part of its Building Strong Communities program, UWFM invests in programs that help ensure communities are great for everyone by improving equity, connections and overall well-being. In F2021, 315 people participated in 25 virtual and in-person cultural presentations and events held by Wood Buffalo Wellness Society. Local Hero Foundation treated 34 critically ill or seriously injured patients and then transported them by helicopter to a higher level of care. The Autism Society provided 4,438 hours of respite to families. 

Under its Helping Kids Be All They Can Be program, UWFM supports initiatives that ensure children and youth have the opportunity to thrive. In F2021, The Hub Family Resource Centre executed 172 safe visits between children and their parent/caregiver. It also executed 113 safe exchanges, transitioning children from one caregiver's home to another. Justin Slade Youth Foundation provided 961 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 with free programming. 

UWFM invests in programs that provide food, shelter, and other services under its From Poverty To Possibility Program. In F2021, it helped Salvation Army served 18,253 meals and Centre of Hope's intake program served 9,139 warm breakfast meals. It also gave out 7,641 pairs of warm socks and its patrons used showers 2,147 times. 

UWFM also owns and operates The Redpoll Centre. The United Way subleases space to sports, arts, culture and social profit organizations.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, 32 youth accepted into Woods Homes Stepping Stones Youth Shelter's program successfully transitioned home. Also, Support Through Housing Team transitioned 4 individuals/families into permanent housing F2021. It also moved 4 individuals/families into transitional housing.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these results, this may not be a complete representation of United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo's results and impact.

UWFM is not yet rated for demonstrated impact (n/r).

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United Way of Fort McMurray received $4.2m in donations in F2021. Fundraising costs are 14% of total donations and administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income). This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For each dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $10.0m can cover program and grant expenses for just over 3 years at the F2021 level. 

UWFM is committed to spending $3.9m on its programs and grants over the next two years. This consists of $3.1m in F2022 and $783k in F2023.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way of Fort McMurray. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 23, 2022 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.4%6.9%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.0%6.3%6.5%
Total overhead spending 19.4%13.2%12.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 305.2%192.8%185.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 4,245,9094,774,5895,910,721
Government funding 20,0008,2500
Business activities (net) (3,269)27,351(17,229)
Investment income 536,495236,144444,197
Total revenues 4,799,1355,046,3346,337,689
Program costs 293,890183,431240,609
Grants 2,998,0164,747,0894,262,387
Donor-designated donations 162,021251,490208,289
Administrative costs 230,353333,429343,918
Fundraising costs 592,236300,833385,461
Total spending 4,276,5165,816,2725,440,664
Cash flow from operations 522,619(769,938)897,025
Capital spending 15,4093,1160
Funding reserves 10,045,8819,505,6538,360,961

Note: Ci reported Redpoll Centre revenue and expenses as net revenues under business activities, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($386k) in F2021, ($340k) in F2020, and ($425k) in F2019. Ci reported unrealized gains on investment as revenue, affecting investment income and total revenues by $373k in F2021, $98k in F2020, and $210k in F2019. Ci backed out amortization from fundraising and administrative expenses based on the cost allocation provided in the financial statements. Ci reported expenses associated with Community Investment Process, Community Building, Tools For School, Personal Support Network, and Poverty Reduction as program expenses. Ci reporting United Way Dues as an administrative cost. Ci reported administrative expenses associated with Fire Recovery grants as administrative costs.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. compensation: $48,220

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001