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United Way Halifax

46 Portland Street, 7th Floor
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H4
President & CEO: Sara Napier
Board Chair: John Rogers

Charitable Reg. #: 11927 8232 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Results Reporting

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #26

Avg. Compensation $48,741

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About United Way Halifax:

Founded in 1925, United Way Halifax (UWH) raises funds to build a strong community and address poverty in the Halifax region. It does so by investing in local charities based on its strategic plans. The charity has 4 strategic objectives: to create opportunities for poor people, strengthen neighbourhoods, promote healthy living standards and improve people’s sense of belonging. UWH receives donations mostly from its workplace campaigns. It reports that 1 in every 8 people in Halifax lives in poverty, 1 in 5 is food insecure and 1 in 4 spends more than 30% of income on housing.  

In F2016, United Way Halifax allocated $4.2m to local charities through community investments and donor designated grants and spent $927k on its own programs. United Way Halifax funds 48 community agencies and several partnerships. It does not report grant amounts or grant recipients. UWH funded the LGBT Youth Project which promotes healthy eating though cooking and fitness classes for deaf people. It also gave money to Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia to support immigrants in the community and help them gain more skills. UWH organizes the Raise a Hand for Halifax school program, giving out handouts to students and teachers to inform them of prevalent social issues. The charity also funds the 211 helpline, which directs callers to over 4,000 services.

United Way Halifax ran its Living on the Edge program in F2015. The program allows 500 participants to simulate the lives of poor people in Halifax. 99% of the participants reported that they understood the struggles of poor people better.  

Financial Review:

United Way Halifax is a mid-cap charity with donations of $5.6m in F2015. Administration costs are 15% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of total donations. For every dollar donated, 60 cents goes to the cause, falling outside of Ci’s reasonable range. United Way Halifax holds $4.9m in funding reserves which can cover program costs for a year and nine months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the charity for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15th, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.3%12.7%13.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.3%17.8%19.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 176.0%249.1%260.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,5686,0685,628
Investment income 11427225
Other income 141231
Total revenues 5,6966,1085,883
Program costs 805070
Grants 2,6952,1071,993
Donor-designated donations 1,4591,9381,837
Administrative costs 855773781
Fundraising costs 1,3521,0781,073
Cash flow from operations (745)161131
Funding reserves 4,8855,3745,362
Note: Ci removed amortization from administrative and fundraising costs. Ci has also allocated administrative costs based on Note 5 in the financial statements. 

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