United Way Waterloo Region Communities

20 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 1T2
CEO: Joan Fisk
Board Chair: Mike Williams

Website: http://www.uwaywrc.ca/
Charitable Reg. #: 10816 0219 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization
Public Foundation

Results Reporting

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

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #32

Avg. Compensation $48,290

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About United Way Waterloo Region Communities:

Founded in 1981, United Way of Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) grants funds to local charities to improve lives and build a stronger community in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Wilmot, Woolwich, Wellesley and North Dumfries.  In 2017, United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area combined with United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries to become United Way Waterloo Region Communities.

UWWRC’s three granting programs are: Vulnerable Children and Youth, Poverty, and Neighborhoods. In F2018, UWWRC granted $3.6 million which is equal to 66% of donations received in F2018. UWWRC’s five largest grant recipients were: KW counselling services ($363k), Carizon Family and Community Services ($294k), House of Friendship ($287k), Big Brothers Big Sisters ($242k) and YMCA Kitchener-Waterloo ($224k).

The charity reports that 1 in 10 youth in Waterloo region in their early 20’s haven’t graduated high school. Through the Vulnerable Children and Youth program, UWWRC funds programs that enhance the social and educational skills of youth. They also seek to provide youth with the opportunity to access counselling and mentoring.

UWWRC funds programs designed to teach people important life skills such as financial literacy and how to cook on a budget. The organization reports that 1/10 households are having trouble putting food on the table. The organizations funded by the Poverty program were able to serve meals to 32,640 individuals and provide food hampers to many others.

In the Waterloo region, the charity reports that 1/3 families don’t know their neighbors well enough to watch over each other’s children. UWWRC’s Neighborhoods granting program gives money to organizations whose programs work to increase community engagement and build stronger relationships within communities.

Results and Impact:

The programs funded by UWWRC resulted in 22,338 individuals being able to feed their families, 10,529 youth improving their self-esteem and 11,500 people becoming more active members of their community. 

Financial Review:

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is a large-sized charity which received donations of $5.5m in F2018. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to its programs. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. UWWRC has funding reserves of $2.8m of which $2.5m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the organizations funding reserves can cover its granting activities for almost 1 month.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way Waterloo Region Communities. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 4, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.1%11.0%10.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.0%26.3%21.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 67.8%61.6%77.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,5106,4274,465
Investment income 46148114
Other income 216347217
Total revenues 5,7716,9234,796
Program costs 578623241
Grants 3,6264,6273,240
Donor-designated donations 15343359
Administrative costs 808742490
Fundraising costs 1,3211,692956
Cash flow from operations (714)(1,195)(191)
Funding reserves 2,8503,2352,696
Note: Ci removed deferred capital contributions from revenues resulting in total revenue decreasing by $99k in F2018, $59K in F2017, and $39K in F2016. Ci displays figures from F2018 and F2017 as merged totals between United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area and United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries. Ci displays F2016 as United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area totals.  

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