What does United Way do?
For over three decades, UWCNEO has been working locally to improve lives and create opportunities that help build brighter futures. We believe that for our community to truly thrive, we need to look beyond single issues and temporary fixes. That means targeting our work and resources to three key priority areas; moving people from poverty to possibility, building strong communities, and helping kids be all they can be.
Why should I donate to UWCNEO?
When you invest in your community through United Way, your donation is put to work where it’s needed most. One of our strengths is bringing people together – labour, business, government, education, finance, social service agencies and volunteers to address complex issues that affect our entire community. When you donate to United Way, you are supporting a network of social service programs that are helping to change lives.
What geographic region does UWCNEO serve?
UWCNEO serves the Districts of Sudbury, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Timmins, Cochrane and the District of Timiskaming.
How are investment decisions made?
As part of our stewardship of donor dollars, UWCNEO has a rigorous process in place to ensure the best and most effective investment of resources. Staff and experienced volunteers from various professional sectors review applications, meet with agency representatives and provide recommendations to our Board of Directors based on community need, research and funding criteria.
Does United Way fund religious organizations?
United Way is non-partisan and non-religious. While some of the organizations we fund have religious origins, like the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the services and programs offered by these organizations are open to all individuals regardless of religious affiliation.
Does UWCNEO ever discontinue funding to an agency or program?
Yes, in certain circumstances, funding may be discontinued. Some examples include governance issues, the absence of outcome measurement tracking or, the program no longer requires United Way funding due to other funding sources, such as government grants. Before funding is discontinued, UWCNEO works closely with partners to explore options that may help remedy performance or accountability issues, implement efficiency building strategies or provide necessary support and guidance.
How much money goes back to programs in the community?
In 2017, UWCNEO’s fundraising costs were 18%. This means that 82 cents of every dollar raised was invested in delivering strategic programs and services. This percentage is well within industry standards and competitive with non-profit organizations provincially and nationally. As an added benefit, we help our social service partners keep their costs low. This allows non-profits to spend less time on fundraising and more time delivering services. We encourage you to take a few minutes to review our annual report to learn about the impact your investment is having on individuals and families in our community.
I received an email with concerning details about the amount of money the CEO of United Way makes. Is this true?
In the digital age, there is an abundance of false and misleading information being circulated and shared as facts. UWCNEO encourages all donors and potential donors to research their favourite charities (United Way included) before donating. Every Canadian Registered Charity is required to file a T3010 with the Government of Canada. By visiting this website, you can view revenue, expenses, and compensation ranges for all employees. UWCNEO also makes our annual audited financial statements available on our website.
How will my privacy be protected?
UWCNEO is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. The information you provide us will be used to assist in the proper administration and acknowledgment of your gift, to issue tax receipts and to fulfill your information requests. We do not sell donor information, nor do we share donor information with other agencies, unless donors ask us to do so.
Why is there $12 processing fee for each donor choice designated gift?
The $12 processing fee helps to offset costs associated with processing, monitoring and paying out designations to other agencies. Please note that designations can only be paid out to charities that have a registered charitable number.
I donated and haven’t received my tax receipt.
All tax receipts for cash, cheque or credit card donations will be issued by February 28. Payroll donations do not receive a tax receipt; rather donations will appear on your T4.
How do I get involved?
There are several ways to get involved. Here are a few ideas:
- Host a United Way workplace campaign. Our team can help develop and support a campaign to fit your goals, engage your team, and make a lasting difference in our community.
- Volunteer your time. Contact us today to learn about current opportunities.
- Make a personal donation.