United Way of Greater Victoria

201-633 Courtney Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1B9
CEO: Patricia Jelinski
Board Chair: Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis

Website: www.uwgv.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11927 8224 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #21

Avg. Compensation $69,008

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About United Way of Greater Victoria:

Founded in 1937, United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) is a leader in the social service sector as both a fundraiser and a community funder. United Way Greater Victoria seeks to address the immediate needs of the Greater Victoria community and targets root causes of social issues by uniting community partners, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders. United Way of Greater Victoria funds 110 programs and services in three priority areas: All That Kids Can Be (31% of funding), Poverty (24% of funding) and Strong Communities (45% of funding).

The top 10 grants made by United Way of Greater Victoria make up 41% of total funding. The largest five recipients are Pacifica Housing Advisory Association ($460k), Umbrella Foundation for Addictions and Mental Health ($170k), Victoria Cool Aid Society ($150k), Esquimalt Recreation Centre ($130k) and the Quadra Village Community Centre ($129k).

In F2016, United Way of Greater Victoria reported that through its funded programs, 10,196 individuals and families were helped to better cope with life’s challenges, 3,849 youth received support to succeed in school and develop life skills and that 936 families acquired an affordable, safe and permanent place to live.

In partnership with other United Ways in BC, UWGV will be bringing the bc211 service to the Greater Victoria area. This service connects individuals and organizations to community, social and government services.

Financial Review:

United Way of Greater Victoria is considered a big-cap charity with donations of $6.5m in F2016. Its administrative costs stand at 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 21% of donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. It has funding reserves of $9.3m which can cover program costs for 2.1 years.   

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

Updated on June 8, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201620152014
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%3.5%2.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.8%22.2%15.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 210.5%230.8%212.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201620152014
Donations 6,4825,9047,505
Investment income (18)9031,010
Other income 125396
Total revenues 6,4766,8608,610
Program costs 680676727
Grants 3,7613,5963,633
Donor-designated donations 8341,082933
Administrative costs 241208210
Fundraising costs 1,3461,3131,179
Cash flow from operations (387)(15)1,927
Funding reserves 9,3489,8599,272
Note: Ci factored in unrealized losses in revenues, changing investment income by ($301k) in F2016 and $302k in F2015. 

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