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

Charitable Reg. #:11927 8232 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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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) 71 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way Halifax:

Founded in 1925, United Way Halifax (UWH) raises funds to address poverty in the Halifax region. UWH focuses on poverty solutions, affordable housing, and homelessness. The charity reports that over 58,000 people in Halifax live in poverty and that 19,565 households are living in extreme poverty. The charity also reports that 40,000 households are spending more than 30% of household income on housing.

In F2018, UWH invested $4.0 million into the community. This included $1.5 million granted to community partners, $1.4 million in donor-designated grants, and $1.0m for its own United Way Halifax impact programs. UWH’s granting falls into three categories: poverty to prosperity, increasing community connectedness, and creating affordable housing. In total, the charity funds 68 community programs and several partnerships run by 46 local charities.

UWH partners with 211 Nova Scotia, a 24/7 support system dedicated to connecting people with services and programs offered by local community groups, non-profits, and the government.  In F2018, 35,000 Nova Scotia residents made calls to 211 and were connected to a network of over 4,300 community resources.

UWH has a goal of changing 50,000 lives in the next 5 years. To accomplish this goal it plans to: help 25,000 people gain a stronger sense of belonging in the community, improve health and food security for 5,000 people, enable 15,000 people to gain education and skills needed to get out of poverty, and reduce homelessness for 5,000 individuals.

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United Way Halifax is a large charity with donations of $5.4m in F2018. Reporting on a combined basis, fundraising and administrative costs are 29% of total donations. For every dollar donated, 71 cents go to its programs. This is within what Charity Intelligence considers a reasonable range. In F2018, local Halifax charities received 28% of total revenues (not including donor-designated grants.

United Way Halifax holds $3m in funding reserves. Funding reserves can cover program costs for 1.2 years.

Update: Charity Intelligence had previously reported fundraising and administrative costs were 53% of donations. This was brought to our attention November 27, 2019. We have now reported fundraising and administrative costs on a combined basis, adding $981k previously reported as general and admin expenses to UWH community impact program. This revision did not affect United Way Halifax's overall star rating.

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

Updated on July 11, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff. Revised with corrections on November 27, 2019 by Kate Bahen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Total overhead spending 29.2%26.5%24.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 186.4%171.1%176.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,4165,2675,568
Investment income 133629114
Other income 111214
Total revenues 5,5605,9075,696
Program costs 1,014997960
Grants 1,5472,2292,648
Donor-designated donations 1,3541,1911,459
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,5841,3981,374
Total spending 5,4995,8166,441
Cash flow from operations 6191(745)
Capital spending 32233
Funding reserves 3,0353,9994,885

Note: Ci removed amortization expenses from fundraising & admin costs: depreciation expense of $36k in F2018, $59k in F2017, and $55k in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. Compensation: $55,394

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 F2017

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Website: www.unitedwayhalifax.ca
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