About the United Way

United Way of Canada

The United Way of Canada office is located in Ottawa, but each United Way office is autonomous. These individual organizations have their own policies, by-laws, organizational structure and governing Board of Directors. Annual dues pay for support programs, training, and the use of the United Way logo. For more details visit www.unitedway.ca

No government money is received by United Way offices. Each office organizes their own campaign and raises funds for local agencies.

Your Local United Way

Each local United Way is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community who meet regularly to discuss policy, new and emerging agency needs, and strategic planning for the organization. Members assume the legal and moral responsibility for all activities of the United Way, including policy administration, evaluation, public and community relations, personnel, finance and strategic planning. Directors approve the annual budget of the United Way and all grants.

Staff operate the office year-round. In addition to the Board, there is a Community Investment Committee and Campaign volunteers.

Volunteers meet regularly to review agency budget requests for the following year. They are given individual agencies to personally review and prepare final recommendations for funding by the Board of Directors.

Campaign volunteers are recruited from various sectors including Industry, Business, Public Service, Professionals and Tourism. Volunteers organize the full canvass of businesses, employee groups, and individuals.

We invite you to get to know your United way, what we do, and how you can help create positive community change.