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United Way Ottawa

363 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 2C5
President & CEO: Michael Allen
Board Chair: Karen Williams

Website: www.unitedwayottawa.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0250 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Donor Accountability

Grade: B

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

Cents to The Cause

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #78

Avg. Compensation $64,336

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About United Way Ottawa:

United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties (United Way Ottawa) was formed on April 1, 2017 through the merging of four smaller United Way organizations. The charity collects and distributes donations to projects and organizations in Greater Ottawa, aiming to improve the health and safety of local communities. United Way Ottawa grants according to three focus areas: All That Kids Can Be, Poverty to Possibility, and Healthy People – Strong Communities.

All That Kids Can Be programs work to prepare kids to start school and provide afterschool activities. By supporting childhood development and reducing kids’ exposure to crime and drugs, United Way Ottawa aims to improve graduation rates. Poverty to Possibility assists homeless youth, people with disabilities, and newcomers to Canada in finding stable housing and employment. Organizations receiving grants related to Healthy People – Strong Communities support seniors or address mental health and addiction.

In F2018, United Way Ottawa distributed $6.8 million in grants to local agencies. The ten organizations receiving the largest grants accounted for 40% of total distributions. United Way Ottawa gave the most money to Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa with $471k, followed by $394k to Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, and $291k to Family Services Ottawa.

Results and Impact: United Way Ottawa collected data reflecting the outcomes of its programs prior to the merger. Since 2011, 70% of kids who participated in homework clubs through All That Kids Can Be improved their grades. Of the youth in school-based drug addiction counselling, 97% stayed on track to complete the school year. In the same period, United Way Ottawa's programs helped 1,339 homeless youth to permanently move off the streets, representing 95% of youth participants. 

Financial Review:

F2018 financial information reflects the operations of United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties. F2017 and F2016 financials represent the operations of the independent United Way Ottawa, prior to the merger.

United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties is a Large charity, with donations of $23.1m in F2018. Of these donations, $10.3m was granted to donor-requested agencies. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For ever $1 raised, 79 cents go to the cause, falling well within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $8.8m in funding reserves, of which $455k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, United Way Ottawa could run programs for 9 months using funding reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 19, 2018 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.2%11.4%9.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.5%17.9%10.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 81.0%83.1%81.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 23,10424,04726,251
Government funding 1,5712,1931,559
Special events 0371124
Investment income 137374(101)
Other income 605304286
Total revenues 25,41627,28828,120
Program costs 4,0521,8393,474
Grants 6,7887,1687,770
Donor-designated donations 10,27411,47411,770
Administrative costs 2,5793,0732,647
Fundraising costs 2,4264,3802,798
Cash flow from operations (703)(645)(339)
Funding reserves 8,7847,4849,142
Note: Ci has adjusted for unrealized gain on investments, affecting revenues by ($20k) in F2018, $197k in F2017, and ($214k) in F2016. F2018 administrative costs related to programming and fundraising have been separated and presented independently. Amortization has been removed from programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.