580 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C7
President & Ceo: Connie Walker
Board Chair: Joan Hardy

Charitable Reg. #:11927 8513 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 79 cents are available for programs.

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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 $19m to over 100 non-profit organizations. The five largest grant recipients were: $1m to Family Dynamics, $990k to SMD, $820k to NorWest Co-op Community Health, $798k to SEED Winnipeg, and $739k to Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.

The charity reports that one in four children in Winnipeg lives in poverty, and in Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods, 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 1,700 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 centres 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.

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Results and Impact

In F2017, UWWIN funded a five-week camp designed to prevent summer learning loss. After the program, 92% of students surveyed felt that their math skills improved. UWWIN funded programs for newcomers to Canada introducing them to Canadian workplace culture. These programs resulted in 79% of attendees being able to find a job.

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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 July 15, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.6%2.8%2.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.1%19.6%18.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 154.4%151.4%137.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 25,37823,22723,597
Government funding 4,4874,5174,372
Fees for service 162913
Special events 22173
Investment income 1,6232,64088
Total revenues 31,50630,41428,243
Program costs 3,9224,1364,391
Grants 19,27617,34917,412
Donor-designated donations 1,1081,0481,143
Administrative costs 776770738
Fundraising costs 4,5974,5444,393
Other costs 3864348
Total spending 29,71727,91128,425
Cash flow from operations 1,7882,503(181)
Capital spending 199164262
Funding reserves 35,81932,53830,073

Note: Ci reported the For Every Family Initiative under granting expenditures. Ci excluded recoveries from prior campaigns from revenues because it believes it is a non-cash item, but is seeking confirmation from UWW management. This is a reversal of how Ci previously reported on recoveries from prior campaigns (previously included under Fees for Services).

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 80

Avg. Compensation: $81,727

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 F2018

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