United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

417 Bagot street
Kingston, ON K7K 3C1
CEO: Bhavana Varma
Board Chair: Leanne O'Mara

Charitable Reg. #:12597 8270 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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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

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: Moving People from Poverty to Possibility, Building Strong and Healthy Communities, and Helping Kids Be All They Can Be. In response to the covid-19 pandemic, UWKFLA launched Local Love in a Global Crisis, an additional program aimed to provide emergency support.

In F2020, UWKFLA spent $5.0m on programs and granting activities. In total, UWKFLA reports it funded 70 agencies and 220 programs to help 79,967 people. 

Moving People from Poverty to Possibility accounted for 36% of program spending in F2020. The program works to increase access to shelters and affordable housing. In F2020, UWKFLA supported 39,875 people through 35 agencies and 79 programs. 213 people at risk of eviction received supports to remain housed in F2020. UWKFLA also has a five-year initiative that focuses on reducing youth homelessness in Kingston. 208 homeless and at-risk youth received mental health support and 126 youth received support to prevent homelessness in F2020. 

Local Love in a Global Crisis accounted for 30% of program spending in F2020. The charity spent $1.7m on covid-19 emergency grants. This program is funded primarily through the Canadian government's Emergency Support Fund. 7,957 kids, adults and seniors participated in virtual programs such as camps and group classes in F2020. 

Building Strong and Healthy Communities accounted for 24% of program spending in F2020. The goal of the Building Strong and Healthy Communities is to help people improve their mental health and connect to support programs. UWKFLA helped 24,023 people through funding 38 agencies and 75 programs in F2020. The charity's hotline, which connects people in need with resources, was called by 1,708 people in F2020. 

Helping Kids Be All They Can Be accounted for the final 10% of program spending in F2020. The charity funds agencies that focus on youth learning, community involvement, and physical and emotional wellbeing. United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington funded 11 organizations and 19 programs to help 16,069 kids in F2020. 

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Results and Impact

Since UWKFLA’s Youth Homeless program began in 2014 there has been a 15% increase in youth staying 10 days or less in a homeless shelter and 4% increase in youth staying 61-90 days. There has also been a 10% decrease in youth completing a stay between 11-30 days and 5% decrease in youth staying 31-60 days. Of the 163 youth and their families that received family mediation support in F2020, only 18 cases resulted in a youth entering shelter. 

The charity also helped 351 women and their children leave violent and abusive relationships by providing safe emergency shelter. 

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 $4.5m in F2020. The charity received $2.0m in government funding, representing 29% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 14% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 16%. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

UWKFLA has $8.3m in funding reserves, of which $2.9m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 111% or around 1 year and 1 month of annual program costs with current reserves.

Some of the charity's top grantees include Kingston Home Base Non-Profit Housing ($459k), Lionhearts ($332k), Kingston Youth Shelter ($266k), and HIV/AID’s Regional Services ($194k).

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 August 4, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%2.6%2.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.4%21.2%21.9%
Total overhead spending 16.4%23.9%24.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 111.1%117.7%113.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,5123,5133,320
Government funding 2,045245274
Business activities (net) 210735921
Special events 23454132
Investment income 320491(46)
Total revenues 7,1105,4384,601
Program costs 9561,5831,262
Grants 4,0532,1802,131
Donor-designated donations 395391458
Administrative costs 13613097
Fundraising costs 655842756
Total spending 6,1945,1264,704
Cash flow from operations 916312(102)
Capital spending 6308
Funding reserves 8,2766,7045,864

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 $234k in F2020, $460k in F2019, and ($96k) in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. compensation: $62,422

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

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