United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County

300 Giles Blvd East, Unit A1
Windsor, ON N9A 4C4
CEO: Lorraine Goddard
Board Chair: Matthew Brannagan

Charitable Reg. #:10816 0334 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County:

Founded in 1962, the United Way of Windsor-Essex (UWWE) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in its community and raises funds to address human service needs. It works in conjunction with local front-line charities to help combat poverty in Windsor-Essex County.

In F2019, United Way Windsor-Essex granted $2.5 million to local agencies. In terms of grant allocations, 46% went to Strong Communities, 40% went to All That Kids Can Be, and 14% went to Poverty to Possibility. The charity also granted $222k in special and designated grants. Ci was unable to find output and beneficiary data for the charity’s grantees.

The charity also spent $1.6 million on community programs and investments. The charity’s Summer Lunch Program ensures kids in low-income families are given a healthy lunch when school is not in session. In F2019, 18,381 lunches were served to 1,048 children in West Windsor and Leamington, compared with 12,151 lunches served and 787 children fed in F2018.

United Way’s On Track to Success program (OTTS) helps economically disadvantaged youth stay in school, graduate, and successfully transition to adulthood. OTTS supported 106 students in F2019, 72% of which are attending post-secondary education. The program also provided $177,800 in financial aid to OTTS graduates.

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Results and Impact

According to an independent study by the University of Windsor on the On Track to Success program, 89% of students graduated high school on time in four years, which is 7.5% higher than the provincial average. Also, the study found that the OTTS program increased grades by 6% and students were absent 3.5 fewer days per term.  

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of United Way of Windsor-Essex’s results and impact.

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United Way of Windsor-Essex is a Large charity, receiving $5.1m in donations in F2019. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity holds $3.1m in funding reserves, which can cover 8.9 months of annual program costs.

Some of United Way of Windsor-Essex’s largest grants, as reported in its most recent F2019 T3010 CRA filing, are as follows: $547k to Family Services Windsor-Essex, $378k to Drouillard Place, $360k to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Windsor-Essex, $221k to Life After Fifty, and $184k to Unemployed Help Centre.

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

Updated on August 25, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.5%14.5%13.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.9%19.0%21.2%
Total overhead spending 30.4%33.4%35.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 73.8%75.1%81.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,0915,0804,977
Business activities (net) 878686
Investment income 635466
Other income 137394180
Total revenues 5,3785,6135,309
Program costs 1,5561,153894
Grants 2,7012,7632,856
Administrative costs 664804727
Fundraising costs 9109631,057
Total spending 5,8325,6835,534
Cash flow from operations (454)(69)(225)
Capital spending 711834
Funding reserves 3,1412,9413,068

Note: Ci reallocated agency surpluses returned from expenses to revenues, increasing total revenues and expenses by $6k in F2018 and $5k in F2017. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. Compensation: $73,221

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 F2019

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