United Way Halton & Hamilton

177 Rebecca Street
Hamilton, ON L8R 1B9
President & CEO: Brad Park
Board Chair: Anne Bermingham

Charitable Reg. #:10746 2988 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About United Way Halton & Hamilton:

The United Way of Halton and Hamilton (UWHH) was created after the amalgamation of the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, the United Way of Oakville, the United Way of Halton Hills and the United Way of Milton on April 1, 2017. The charity notes in its 2017 Impact Report that by broadening its scope and pooling the resources of the four United Ways together, it could create a single more effective and sustainable organization that delivers greater social impact in the five communities it serves. The charity invested $5.1m in 155 partner agencies that delivered 237 programs in F2018. Its grants are focused in three areas: Building Strong and Healthy Communities, Helping Kids Be All They Can Be, and Moving People from Poverty to Possibility. The charity has an office in both Hamilton and Halton.

The charity’s Building Strong and Healthy Communities grants help increase the quality of life in communities by supporting mental health, parenting, wellness, recreation and social programs. These programs aim to give people the tools, confidence and support to live independently and take better care of themselves and their families. UWHH reports that in F2017 it served 283,926 individuals through its Communities grants.

Its Helping Kids Be All They Can Be grants help children graduate school by supporting mentorship, counselling, crisis prevention and recreational programs. These programs aim to give youth the self-esteem, confidence, positive behaviour and a sense of belonging so they can grow into engaged and productive adults. UWHH reports that in F2017 it served 71,427 children through its Youth grants.

The Moving People from Poverty to Possibility grants help ensure that the most vulnerable people in the community have access to the most basic needs in life, such as food, shelter and transportation. These programs aim to offer money management, financial counselling and employment training so individuals and families can build their assets for long-term financial stability. UWHH reports that in F2017 it served 44,934 people through its Poverty to Possibility grants.

The top five grantees for UWHH in F2018 were Thrive Counselling Services Halton ($504k or 10% of total community investments), Reach Out Centre for Kids ($261k, 5%), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton ($248k, 5%), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington ($244, 5%) and Support & Housing of Halton ($241, 5%).

UWHH also donated $1.3m in grants to other agencies, charities and United Ways that were chosen by donors in F2018. The charity notes that it does not evaluate the chosen recipients of these funds.

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United Way of Halton and Hamilton is a Large charity with $10.1m in donations in F2018. Administrative costs are 4% of revenue and fundraising costs are 28% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.68 goes towards its programs and grants, falling inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. UWHH holds funding reserves of $6.4m which can cover 12 months worth of annual grants and program costs. In addition, UWHH is the beneficiary of $2.5m in endowed funds held at different community foundations that provide investment income to fund some of UWHH annual community programs and grants. 

Please note, the employee compensation numbers reported on the United Way of Halton & Hamilton’s F2017 T3010 filing to the CRA are believed to be for the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton. The F2018 compensation numbers have not been released as of this time.

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

Updated on July 10, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.1%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.7%23.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 100.9%97.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,09411,445
Investment income 123296
Other income 238249
Total revenues 10,45611,990
Program costs 1,193940
Grants 5,1406,093
Donor-designated donations 1,3211,649
Administrative costs 421590
Fundraising costs 2,7972,734
Cash flow from operations (417)(16)
Funding reserves 8,9069,358

Note: Ci has backed out amortization from programs, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rated basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. Compensation: $77,800

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 F2017

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