United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo

20 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 1T2
CEO: Jan Varner
Board Chair: Ingrid Pregel

Website: www.uwaykw.org
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0219 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Donor Accountability

Grade: B

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¢
2013 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #22

Avg. Compensation $45,977

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo:

Founded in 1941, the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area (UWKW) aims to build upon the community's resources and improve the quality of life for all. The organization funds many social services agencies in the Kitchener-Waterloo Area. UWKW is built on three pillars - focusing on poverty, health and community, and children. It raises funds primarily through the annual Community Campaign, which includes donations from company payrolls, corporations and individuals.

In F2016, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo invested $3.4m in the community, including grants to 36 frontline local charities. Its Top 10 grants make up 64% of the total disbursement. The Top 5 grants were to K-W Counselling Services ($413k), House of Friendship ($340k), Carizon Family and Community Services ($338k), YWCA KW ($248k) and Big Brothers Big Sisters KW ($204k).

With regards to its Healthy People, Strong Communities pillar, UWKW reports that only 31% of KW & Area residents have a strong sense of belonging and that the Waterloo Regional Police received over 5,800 calls regarding domestic disputes in 2014. Through its supported programs, UWKW reported helping 8,219 people feel more connected to their community and 1,619 residents experience a decrease in family conflict and violence. Regarding its Poverty to Possibility programs, UWKW report 9.7% of families in the Waterloo region lack access to affordable and nutritious food due to poverty. Through supported programs, they provided 20,575 people with immediate help through food hampers and helped 1,235 take a step towards secure housing. Lastly, regarding its Kids pillar, UWKW reports 1 in 5 youth don’t graduate from high school and 1 out of 4 children report being the target of cyberbullying. In response, supported programs have helped 7,619 children & youth deal with adversity and 4,369 children build their self-esteem.

As of April 2017, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area and United Way Cambridge North Dumfries have integrated to become United Way Waterloo Region Communities.

Financial Review:

United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area is a Mid-Cap charity with donations of $4.5 million in F2016. Administrative costs are 11% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 21.4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 68 cents goes towards the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Its funding reserves are $2.7m, which can cover programs for 9 months.

This report is an update and is currently under review by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated May 29th, 2017 by Josh Lam

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201620152013
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.5%10.4%10.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.4%20.1%18.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 77.4%77.6%81.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201620152013
Donations 4,4656,0024,699
Investment income 114206161
Other income 21775106
Total revenues 4,7966,2824,967
Program costs 241374278
Grants 3,2404,0473,352
Donor-designated donations 596058
Administrative costs 490629514
Fundraising costs 9561,207879
Cash flow from operations (191)(35)(114)
Funding reserves 2,6962,7442,946
Note: Ci adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions, changing revenues by ($39k) in F2016 and ($20k) in F2015. The numbers for F2015 are for a period of 15 months, as the charity changed its fiscal year end from December 31 to March 31. Program cost coverage for F2015 was calculated using a pro-rata 12 month period. 

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