CharityIntelligence Canada

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
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

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #21

Avg. Compensation $69,008

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About United Way of Greater Victoria:

Founded in 1937, United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) is a leader in the social service sector as both a fundraiser and a community funder. United Way Greater Victoria seeks to address the immediate needs of the Greater Victoria community and targets root causes of social issues by uniting community partners, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders. United Way of Greater Victoria funds over 109 programs and services in three priority areas: All That Kids Can Be (31% of funding), Poverty (24% of funding) and Strong Communities (45% of funding).

United Way of Greater Victoria funded 72 social services agencies in F2017. The largest five recipients are Pacifica Housing Advisory Association ($250k), bc211 ($232k), Victoria Cool Aid Society ($177k), Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria ($165k) and Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre ($160k).

In F2016, United Way of Greater Victoria reported that through its funded programs, 10,196 individuals and families were helped to better cope with life’s challenges, 3,849 youth received support to succeed in school and develop life skills and that 936 families acquired an affordable, safe and permanent place to live.

In partnership with other United Ways in BC, UWGV helped implement the bc211 service in the Greater Victoria area. This service connects individuals and organizations to community, social and government services.

Financial Review:

United Way of Greater Victoria is considered a big-cap charity with donations of $5.5m in F2017. Its administrative costs stand at 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. For every dollar donated, 74 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. It has funding reserves of $10.3m which can cover program costs for 2.2 years.   

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

Updated on August 31, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.4%3.7%3.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.0%20.8%22.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 220.5%210.5%230.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,4836,4825,904
Investment income 823(18)903
Other income 71253
Total revenues 6,3136,4766,860
Program costs 744680676
Grants 3,9183,7613,596
Donor-designated donations 8958341,082
Administrative costs 187241208
Fundraising costs 1,2591,3461,313
Other costs 4700
Cash flow from operations (737)(387)(15)
Funding reserves 10,2789,3489,859
Note: Ci factored in unrealized losses in revenues, changing investment income by ($301k) in F2016 and $302k in F2015.