United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo

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: 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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo:

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 The 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 F2018, UWFM's supported 27 agencies with its granting. The three largest grant recipients were: $450k to The Salvation Army, $428k to Pastew Place Detoxification Centre, and $385k to Centre of Hope.

In F2018, the charity's Healthy People Strong Communities program funded 17 partner agencies that ran 27 programs collectively. In total, these programs directly impacted the lives of 43,193 people. Furthermore, these programs allowed 42 seriously ill or critically injured patients to receive emergency response air ambulance service. Lastly, these programs provided 1,500 hours of outpatient counselling services to children, individuals, and families struggling with mental health and trauma recovery.

Through its All That Kids Can Be program, UWFM funded 7 partnering agencies that ran 11 programs. These programs directly impacted the lives of 14,740 people. As a result of the programs funded by the charity, 1,251 disadvantaged children were given the opportunity to access sports and social programming in F2018. Additionally, 11,839 children and family members were given access to child/caregiver socialization and peer support; as well as professional services and referrals for additional support and intervention programs.

Lastly, UWFM supported 3 partnering agencies that ran 5 programs collectively in F2018 through its From Poverty to Possibility program. These programs directly impacted the lives of 27,529 community members. This resulted in over 300 homeless individuals being re-connected with their families and loves ones. Additionally, 24,338 meals were served to people staying in emergency and Out of Cold shelters.

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United Way of Fort McMurray is a large charity with donations of $5.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 7% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 85 cents go to its programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has funding reserves of $8.7m. Reserves can cover granting at F2018 level for almost 17 months.

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

Updated August 27, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.0%6.9%4.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.5%7.2%3.6%
Total overhead spending 15.5%14.1%8.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 138.6%151.8%141.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,2166,05010,010
Business activities (net) 202948
Investment income 20017776
Total revenues 5,4366,25610,134
Program costs 00122
Grants 6,2836,6077,016
Donor-designated donations 2265310
Administrative costs 366421486
Fundraising costs 442434361
Total spending 7,3177,9927,986
Cash flow from operations (1,881)(1,735)2,149
Capital spending 0013
Funding reserves 8,71110,02810,112

Note: Ci recognized deferred donations as revenues, affecting total revenue by ($1.3m) in F2018, ($680k) in F2017, and $2.8m in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. compensation: $101,882

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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