United Way of Greater Victoria

201-633 Courtney Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1B9
CEO: Patricia Jelinski
Board Chair: Ivan Watson

Charitable Reg. #:11927 8224 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) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way of Greater Victoria:

Founded in 1937, United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) grants funds to local charities to improve lives and build a stronger community in the Greater Victoria area. UWGV’s three main granting programs are Healthy People Strong Communities, All That Kids Can Be, and From Poverty to Possibility. In F2018, UWGV granted $4.2m to 68 organizations, of which $1.4m was donor-designated. The programs funded by the charity affected the lives of 72,000 individuals in Victoria. 

In F2018, UWGV reported that one in four people living on Vancouver Island have mental health challenges which affect their lifestyle and can lead to social isolation. It funded 34 Healthy People Strong Communities programs, which worked to strengthen communities by increasing people’s sense of belonging. This accounted for 42% of granting activities in F2018.

According to UWGV, 16% of children in Victoria are living in poverty and one in four children are considered developmentally vulnerable when they enter school. In F2018, the organization funded 32 All That Kids Can Be programs, designed to provide youth with mentoring and learning resources necessary to succeed in school. This accounted for 32% of granting activities in F2018.

The organization has found that, with a current minimum wage of $12.65, 46% of residents spend at least 30% of their income on rent. In F2018, it funded 21 From Poverty to Possibility programs, designed to help people living in poverty become more independent and self-sufficient. This accounted for 26% of granting activities in F2018.

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Results and Impact

Ci has chosen to highlight the following results from United Way of Greater Victoria’s programs in F2018.

In F2018, UWGV’s programs motivated 5,200 individuals and families to get involved in their communities. The organization’s All That Kids Can Be programs resulted in support for 300 youth and their families, allowing them to have a successful school year. Lastly, The Poverty to Possibility programs allowed 11,000 individuals to find meaningful jobs and better manage their expenses to support their families.

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United Way of Greater Victoria is a large charity with $5.2m of donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to its grants and programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead expenditures. UWGV has funding reserves of $9.2m, of which $1.6m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover its program and granting activities for just over two years.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to United Way of Greater Victoria. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 10, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.7%3.4%3.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.4%23.0%20.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 220.6%196.5%185.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,2185,4836,482
Investment income 391823(18)
Other income 6712
Total revenues 5,6156,3136,476
Program costs 761744680
Grants 2,7883,9183,761
Donor-designated donations 1,371895834
Administrative costs 244187195
Fundraising costs 1,3771,2591,346
Other costs 504746
Cash flow from operations (977)(737)(387)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 9,23810,2789,348

Note: Ci has recognized unrealized loss resulting in a decrease in revenues by $619k in F2018, $2.6m in F2017, and $77k in F2016. Ci reported investment management fees in other costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. Compensation: $83,313

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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Website: www.uwgv.ca
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