United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

417 Bagot street
Kingston, ON K7K 3C1
CEO: Bhavana Varma
Board Chair: Mary C. Rae

Charitable Reg. #:12597 8270 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington:

United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is a 4-star charity with reasonable overhead spending and an above average results-reporting grade. It is financially transparent and with its current reserves it can cover eight months of annual program costs. 

Founded in 1941, United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (UWKFLA) grants funds to local charities to improve lives and build a stronger community. UWKFLA reports that there are 17,895 people in Kingston living below the poverty line and 33% of homeless people are under 18 (2013 census data). UWKFLA’s three granting programs are: Helping Kids Be All They Can Be, Moving People from Poverty to Possibility, and Building Strong and Healthy Communities.

In F2022, UWKFLA spent $6.4m on programs and granting activities. In total, UWKFLA reports it funded 54 agencies and 115 programs to help 54,629 people.

Helping Kids Be All They Can Be accounted for 44% of program spending in F2022. The charity funds agencies that focus on youth learning, community involvement, and physical and emotional wellbeing. United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington funded 6 organizations and 12 programs to help 24,034 kids in F2022.

Moving People from Poverty to Possibility accounted for 37% of program spending in F2022. The program works to provide access to food, shelters and affordable housing. In F2022, UWKFLA supported 20,336 people through 10 agencies and 20 programs. 817 people at risk of eviction received supports to remain housed in F2022. 1,159 individuals accessed housing supports like shelters, counselling, and transitional housing. In F2022 160,571 meals were served through UWKFLA funded food programs.

Building Strong and Healthy Communities accounted for 19% of program spending in F2022. The goal of Building Strong and Healthy Communities is to help people with their physical and mental wellbeing and increase their personal safety. UWKFLA helped 10,259 people through funding 15 agencies and 27 programs in F2022. 

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Results and Impact

UWKFLA had a five-year initiative that focuses on reducing youth homelessness in Kingston that began in 2014. Between 2014 and 2019 there was a 15% increase in youth staying 10 days or less in a homeless shelter and 4% increase in youth staying 61-90 days. There was also a 10% decrease in youth completing a stay between 11-30 days and 5% decrease in youth staying 31-60 days.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of UWKFLA’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has donations and special event revenues of $4.0m in F2022. The charity received $1.8m in government funding, representing 33% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 20%. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

UWKFLA has $6.5m in reserve funds, of which $2.8m are donor endowed. Reserve funds are the charity's cash and investments. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover eight months of annual program costs with its current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 22, 2023 by Alessandra Castino. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.1%1.4%2.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.8%13.4%14.4%
Total overhead spending 19.9%14.8%16.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 63.5%100.3%111.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,9774,3244,529
Government funding 1,7831,8512,045
Business activities (net) 39220
Special events 584823
Investment income (410)625320
Total revenues 5,4116,8577,137
Program costs 1,342897949
Grants 4,6334,0284,059
Donor-designated donations 416472395
Administrative costs 12488136
Fundraising costs 718586655
Total spending 7,2326,0706,194
Cash flow from operations (1,821)787943
Capital spending 141663
Funding reserves 6,5407,7518,276

Note: Ci has reported admin costs as the general and administrative costs allocated to programs. Ci included unrealized gains (losses) in investment income, affecting total revenue by ($519k) in F2022, $539k in F2021 and $234k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($17k) in F2021 and $17k in F2020. There were no deferred donations in F2022. Ci included income from joint ventures in business activities, affecting total revenues by $3k in F2022, $9k in F2021, and $10k in F2020. Ci included endowment contributions, affecting total revenues by $2k in F2022, $1k in F2021 and $nil in F2020. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 19

Avg. compensation: $71,575

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

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