United Way of Peel Region

90 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 408
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C3
President & CEO: Anita Stellinga
Board Chair: Tom Dyck

Charitable Reg. #:10810 2807 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Peel Region:


United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region officially merged to form United Way Greater Toronto on April 1, 2018. Donors need to review United Way Greater Toronto. The charity notes that with increased region-wide resources, it can strengthen its shared strategies to fight local poverty and increase its social impact.

Historical report: Founded in 1967, the United Way of Peel Region (UWPR) invests in initiatives and programs that tackle the underlying causes of Peel's most challenging social issues. The charity reports that 70% of mental health problems begin during childhood and adolescence, but only 20% of children and youth in Canada who need mental health services have access to them. UWPR also states that 226,000 people in Peel live in poverty and struggle with basic needs such as housing and food. The charity invested $7.0m in 53 partner agencies that delivered 88 programs across Peel Region in F2018. The grants are focused in three areas: Building Strong Communities, Helping Kids Be All They Can Be, and Moving People from Poverty to Possibility.

The charity’s Building Strong Communities grants (48% of community investments in F2018) help the most vulnerable people overcome complex challenges such as abuse, mental illness and social isolation, by improving access to services and supports. The majority of these funds went to support individuals with mental health challenges and safety for victims of violence and abuse. In F2017, the charity reports that 96,675 individuals were connected to vital services and supports.

Its Helping Kids Be All They Can Be grants (39% of community investments in F2018) help youth build self esteem, develop leadership skills, and support their families so children can thrive and as many barriers to success are removed as possible. The majority of these funds went to wellbeing and social competence for children and parent capacity. In F2017, 77,584 children and youth participated in programs that prevent poverty and engage kids in school and their community so that they can thrive.

The Moving People from Poverty to Possibility grants (13% of community investments in F2018) help ensure that everyone has access to the most basic needs in life, such as food, shelter and transportation. UWPR also works with community leaders and government to make sure there are policies in place that lift people from poverty and build their independence. In F2017, 29,788 individuals accessed Unity Way-funded food programs.

The top five grantees for UWPR in F2018 were Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel ($521k or 7% of total community investments), Family Services of Peel ($463k, 7%), Rapport Youth and Family Services ($392k, 6%), Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin ($371k, 5%) and Nexus Youth Services ($329k, 5%).

UWPR also donated $2.1m in grants to agencies, programs and initiatives that were chosen by donors in F2018. The charity notes that it does not evaluate the chosen recipients of these funds.


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Results and Impact

Historical results for United Way Peel now within United Way Greater Toronto. 

United Way of Peel Region’s F2016 Impact Report states that 98% of clients seeking help were able to develop safety plans for themselves and their children. Additionally, in F2016 86% of surveyed United Way-funded program participants reported improvement in their grades at school. The charity’s F2016 Impact Report also notes that 81% of 156 homeless youth participating in United Way-funded programs reported advancing their personal goals.

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United Way of Peel Region is a Large charity with $12.1m of donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of revenue and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.76 goes towards its programs and grants, falling inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s overhead cost ratio has remained relatively stable since F2013. UWPR holds funding reserves of $6.6m which can cover less than 10 months worth of annual grants and program costs, indicating a need for donations.

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

Updated on July 9, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.8%11.6%11.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.8%12.1%13.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 80.8%101.7%99.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,14212,93013,124
Government funding 298347321
Investment income 574756
Other income 20573137
Total revenues 12,70213,39713,638
Program costs 9181,2121,254
Grants 7,2667,0397,374
Donor-designated donations 2,0842,0161,826
Administrative costs 1,4911,5521,573
Fundraising costs 1,4381,5651,795
Cash flow from operations (495)13(185)
Funding reserves 6,6168,3938,542

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 37

Avg. Compensation: $78,351

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.unitedwaypeel.org
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