United Way of Winnipeg

580 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C7
Board Chair: Joan Hardy
Board Vice-Chair: Isha Khan

Website: www.unitedwaywinnipeg.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11927 8513 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

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 #80

Avg. Compensation $81,727

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About United Way of Winnipeg:

Founded in 1965, United Way of Winnipeg (UWWIN) grants funds to local charities to improve lives and build a stronger community in Winnipeg.  UWWIN’s three granting programs are: All That Kids Can Be, Poverty to Possibility, and Healthy People, Strong Communities. In F2018, UWWIN granted $19 million to over 100 non-profit organizations. The five largest grant recipients were: Family Dynamics ($1m), SMD ($990k), NorWest Co-op Community Health ($820k), SEED Winnipeg ($798k), and Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg ($739k).

The charity reports that one in four children in Winnipeg lives in poverty and in Winnipeg’s poorest neighborhoods, up to 40% of students are not graduating. In F2018, the programs funded under the organization’s All That Kids Can Be program affected the lives of 83,100 youth. These programs included 33 youth-serving agencies, 11 counselling and crisis intervention programs, and 23 leadership and mentoring programs. 

According to UWWIN, 50% of people have said that low income is a barrier to finding housing, which has resulted in 1700 homeless people on any given night in Winnipeg. In F2018, UWWIN’s Poverty to Possibility program funded a total of 26 agencies, 16 life and employment skills/social enterprise programs, and asset building, money management and financial inclusion programs. These programs affected the lives of 32,400 Winnipeg residents.

UWWIN reports that more families are struggling both socially and economically. These families rely on services such as family resource centers to provide them with necessities so they can focus on long-term success. In F2018, UWWIN’s Healthy People, Strong Communities program funded 63 agencies, 31 community development programs, ten development programs, 16 life-skills and access-to-resources programs, and 60 counselling, wellness and education programs. These programs helped 211,200 people in F2018.

UWWIN works with Peg, a globally recognized institute for sustainable development to track sustainable development goals (SDGs). Peg tracks key indicators of wellbeing in Winnipeg to help the community track its progress towards the SDGs.

Results and Impact:

In F2017, UWWIN gave $739k (4% of total granting) to Boys and Girls Club Winnipeg (https://www.charityintelligence.ca/charity-details/700-boys-and-girls-clubs-winnipeg) for its five-week camp that seeks to stop summer learning loss. After the program, 92% of students surveyed felt that their math skills had improved. UWWIN funded programs for newcomers to Canada to introduce them to Canadian workplace culture. As a result, 79% of attendees found jobs.

Financial Review:

United Way of Winnipeg is a Canadian Major 100 charity which received donations of $24.5m in F2018. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. For every dollar donated, 79 cents go to its programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. UWWIN has funding reserves of $36m which can fund its grants for 18 months.

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

Updated on June 3, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201820172016
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.6%2.8%2.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.1%20.0%18.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 154.4%151.4%137.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201820172016
Donations 25,37822,69723,229
Government funding 4,4874,5174,372
Fees for service 16215231
Special events 22173
Investment income 1,004(7)11
Total revenues 30,88627,42328,015
Program costs 3,9224,1994,391
Grants 19,27617,28517,412
Donor-designated donations 1,1081,0481,143
Administrative costs 776770738
Fundraising costs 4,5974,5444,393
Other costs 3864348
Cash flow from operations 1,168(488)(409)
Funding reserves 35,81932,53830,073
Note: Ci has recognized unrealized gains resulting in a decrease in revenues by $619k in F2018, $2.6m in F2017, and $77k in F2016. Ci reported the For Every Family Initiative under granting expenditures. Ci is seeking confirmation from UWW management regarding the "Recoveries from prior campaigns" are an adjustment to pledge balances that are not actually received donations and refunded donations involving cash. This is a reversal of how Ci previously reported on recoveries from prior campaigns that Ci included in annual revenues under Fees for Services. Ci has restated.

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