CharityIntelligence Canada

United Way Ottawa

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

Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0250 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

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

Cents to the Cause

2017 2018 2019
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #80

Avg. Compensation $58,480

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 F2018

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 works to bring people together to build a strong, healthy, and safe community. United Way Ottawa collects and distributes donations to local agencies. The charity’s three granting programs are: All That Kids Can Be, Poverty to Possibility, and Healthy People – Strong Communities.

Although United Way Ottawa serves the surroundings communities of Prescott-Russell, Lanark, and Renfrew, most of the spending is for Ottawa. As a result, unless otherwise stated, numbers provided will be for Ottawa.  

The charity reports that there are currently 26,210 kids in Ottawa living in poverty. Through the All that Kids Can Be program, United Way Ottawa invests in programs that prepare children for kindergarten and give them a safe place to go after school. In F2019, United Way Ottawa funded 68 programs delivered by 33 agencies helping a total of 26,733 individuals.

Through the Poverty to Possibilities program, the charity funds initiatives that get homeless youth off the streets and help new immigrants and people with disabilities get jobs. According to the charity, only 43% of people with disabilities have jobs in comparison to 70% of the general population. In F2019, United Way Ottawa funded 21 programs delivered by 11 agencies helping a total of 5,715 individuals.

In F2019, the United Way Ottawa granted $6.2 million to local agencies (not including donor-designated grants). The four largest grant recipients were Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa ($425,158), Family Services a la Famille Ottawa ($257,357), John Howard Society of Ottawa-Carleton ($219,505), and World Skills Employment Centre ($177,778).  Outside of Ottawa, the programs funded by the charity served 5,100 people in Renfrew County, 10,970 in Lanark County, and 24,000 people in Prescott-Russell.

Results and Impact:

Ci has chosen to highlight the following results.

In F2019, through All That Kids Can Be, the charity funded programs that resulted in an 80% reduction in youth drug use and 79% of youth in shelters receiving support. From Poverty to Possibilities funding resulted in 1,102 job seekers with disabilities finding jobs and 3,203 people in financial crisis receiving services and support. Lastly, Healthy People, Strong Communities-supported programs resulted in 84% of clients experiencing lower stress and anxiety, and 62% of seniors reporting reduced social isolation.

Financial Review:

F2018 and F2019 financial information reflects the operations of United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties. F2017 financials represent the operations of the independent United Way Ottawa, prior to the merger.

United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark & Renfrew Counties is one of Canada's Major 100 charities with donations of $22.2m in F2019. Of these donations, $9.8m was granted to donor-requested agencies. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. For every $1 raised, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $8.4m in funding reserves, of which $456k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, reserves can cover program costs for 9 and a half months.  

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 June 26, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.9%10.2%11.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.6%10.5%17.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 84.2%81.0%83.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 22,23323,10424,047
Government funding 1,1491,5712,193
Special events 00371
Investment income 353137374
Other income 434605304
Total revenues 24,16925,41627,288
Program costs 3,7164,0521,839
Grants 6,2316,7887,168
Donor-designated donations 9,79610,27411,474
Administrative costs 2,5982,5793,073
Fundraising costs 2,5722,4264,380
Cash flow from operations (745)(703)(645)
Funding reserves 8,3798,7847,484
Note: Amortization has been removed from programming, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata. Ci recognized unrealized gains increasing revenues by $240k in F2019, ($20k) in F2018, and $196k in F2017.