Centraide of Greater Montreal (United Way Montreal)

493 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 1B6
Executive Director: Lili-Anna Peresa
Board Chair: Robert Dumas

Charitable Reg. #:11884 2517 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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Centraide of Greater Montreal (United Way Montreal):

Founded in 1966, Centraide of Greater Montreal (Centraide Montreal) raises money to support charities in Montreal and Laval. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in the community and empower vulnerable members to take charge of their lives. Funded charities deliver programs that align with one of Centraide Montreal’s four priority areas: Support Youth Success, Taking Care of the Essentials, Break Social Isolation, and Build Caring Communities.

Through Support Youth Success, Centraide Montreal supports charities that work with youth from early childhood to adulthood, and their families. Taking Care of the Essentials addresses the basic needs of people in Greater Montreal, namely food and shelter. Break Social Isolation funding goes to charities that help marginalized people who struggle with social isolation (seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, people in crisis). Build Caring Communities funding goes to charities that improve living conditions of local neighbourhoods and encourage volunteer engagement.

In F2020, Centraide Montreal reported spending $49.4 million* on agency support, including $44.7 million in grants and $4.7 million in program support. 32% was on supporting youth success, 26% on breaking social isolation, 23% on building caring communities, and 19% on taking care of the essentials. Centraide Montreal funded 350 agencies and projects. The ten largest grants totalled $4.9 million, accounting for 11% of total grants for the year. The largest grant recipient was YMCAs of Quebec, which received $1.3m, followed by Community Development Corporation Center-Sud with $545k and Live Healthy Saint-Michel with $514k.

COVID-19 response (as of July 2020)

As of July 2020, Centraide Montreal has distributed over $16 million to more than 550 front-line agencies in Greater Montreal through its COVID-19 response. Centraide reports that 60% of supported agencies are not part of its usual network.

In late March, the Government of Canada chose Centraide Montreal to distribute $12 million to charities helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19. This is part of the government’s national, $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) program. Centraide Montreal has distributed $7.1 million so far to 202 agencies and projects. The federal government also partnered with United Way of Canada to deliver a $9 million New Horizons for Seniors program in March. Centraide Montreal has distributed $683k to charities running seniors’ programs, including food delivery, social calls, and other social supports.

Centraide Montreal created its own COVID-19 Emergency Fund in March. It has distributed $7.1 million to 441 projects. In April, Centraide Montreal partnered with large donors to create the Youth Project fund. The Youth Project provides educational and psychosocial support to isolated and marginalized youth. So far, $1.5 million in funding has supported 56 agencies.


* Ci reports $50.3m in total mission spending in F2020, $900k higher than what Centraide reported. Ci included $696k in grants that were deferred in previous years as well as $153k in program costs for research and development in its financial analysis.

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Results and Impact

Santropol Roulant received funding through Centraide of Greater Montreal’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The charity pivoted its focus at the start of the pandemic to meal services that meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities. It distributed more than 1,582 frozen meals to over 520 households over a four-week period.

MultiCaf also received funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. It works on food security for vulnerable people in Cote-des-Neiges. Since the start of the pandemic, it has distributed over 20,000 food aid baskets. For comparison, it distributed 17,000 baskets in total in 2019.

While Ci highlights these results, they may not be a complete representation of Centraide Montreal’s results and impact.

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Centraide Montreal collected $58.4m in donations in F2020. It is a Major 100 – one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 8% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. United Way of Greater Montreal’s overhead ratio is 15%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 85 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Centraide Montreal has $36.8m in funding reserves, which can cover annual program costs and grants at the F2020 level for almost nine months.

Centraide of Greater Montreal’s audited financial statements disclose Centraide of Greater Montreal Foundation as a related party. The charity received $1.5m in donations ($1.3m in F2019) from the Foundation as well as $18k ($18k in F2019) as reductions in operating expenses.

Centraide’s audited financial statements report grant commitments for the upcoming F2021 year of $39.5m.

This report is an update that has been sent to Centraide of Greater Montreal for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on September 24, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.7%7.2%6.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.2%7.3%7.2%
Total overhead spending 14.9%14.5%14.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 73.3%78.1%88.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 58,40158,71857,286
Investment income 516694590
Total revenues 58,91759,41257,875
Program costs 4,8344,5483,868
Grants 45,42344,76743,078
Administrative costs 4,4934,1973,878
Fundraising costs 4,1854,3024,133
Other costs 364517202
Total spending 59,29958,33255,158
Cash flow from operations (382)1,0802,717
Capital spending 6051,119504
Funding reserves 36,83338,50141,618

Note: Centraide of Greater Montreal has prepared statements of operations and fund balance for its operating fund, stabilization fund, capital asset fund, development fund, and collective impact project fund. Ci has consolidated these revenues and expenses. Ci adjusted grants for changes in amounts payable to partner agencies to report on a cash basis. This affected total expenses by $696k in F2020, ($1.2m) in F2019 and $230k in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 95

Avg. Compensation: $93,593

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.centraide-mtl.org
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