United Way of Greater Saint John

28 Richmond Street
Saint John, NB E2L 3B2
Executive Director: Wendy MacDermott
Board Chair: Derek O'Brien

Charitable Reg. #:11927 8190 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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Greater Saint John:

Founded in 1959, United Way of Greater Saint John (UWGSJ) works with its partner organizations to identify and address social problems within its community. UWGSJ’s mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals to come together. UWGSJ’s three major granting buckets are: All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility, and Heathy People, Strong Communities.

In F2019, UWGSJ granted $960k to 16 different organizations. The three largest grant recipients were Milltown Elementary School ($118k), Saint John Learning Exchange Ltd. ($100k), and First Steps Housing Project Inc. ($100k).

UWGSJ reports that 24% of children in its school district scored below the appropriate reading level and that 30% of children in Saint John live in poverty. Through All That Kids Can Be, the charity hopes to help develop skills within children at a young age and help them create a successful path for their lives. In F2019, 91% of children who attended Blacks Harbour School’s summer camp improved their reading and 90% who attended Milltown Elementary’s summer camp either maintained or improved their numeracy skills.

Through the From Poverty to Possibility granting program, UWGSJ supports organizations that help the single parent families in Saint John and Charlotte County that live in poverty. The charity reports that most single parents are mothers. UWGSJ hopes to break the cycle of poverty and empower mothers to see a better future for themselves and their children. Programs funded by the charity resulted in 88% of young moms at First Steps advancing one grade level and 62% of moms from Milltown’s Power Up program are now working or attending school.

Healthy People, Strong Communities focuses on preventing and helping people affected by domestic violence. UWGSJ reports that New Brunswick has the second highest domestic violence rate among Canadian provinces and Saint John has the highest violence rate against young girls in Canada. This program resulted in 18 women at Second Stage leaving their abusive partner for at least 12 months and 88% of women who fled domestic violence receiving mental health support.

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United Way Greater Saint John is a medium-sized charity, with $1.4m in donations and special events revenue in F2019. Of these donations, $82k was granted to donor-requested agencies. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 19% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 78 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has net funding reserves of $536k. Reserves can cover program costs and granting at the F2019 level for almost 6 months.  

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

Updated on August 14, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending February
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.6%3.5%2.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.1%17.8%17.5%
Total overhead spending 21.7%21.2%20.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 47.0%44.3%94.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,322,9361,353,4331,312,280
Fees for service 301,000325,425237,803
Special events 47,60543,17339,656
Investment income 24,37516,29330,387
Other income 25,05121,975(1,327)
Total revenues 1,720,9671,760,2991,618,799
Program costs 181,515176,860188,296
Grants 960,2301,059,230945,730
Donor-designated donations 81,655120,665130,452
Administrative costs 43,66160,84239,748
Fundraising costs 261,771247,909236,602
Total spending 1,528,8321,665,5061,540,828
Cash flow from operations 192,13594,79377,971
Capital spending 1,5266860
Funding reserves 536,228547,4661,069,994

Note: Ci removed amortization from administration costs, reducing admin costs by $2,500 in F2019, $993 in F2018, and $1,765 in F2017. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. Compensation: $44,555

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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