Three United Ways of Niagara Announce Amalgamation


In October 2017 we announced that we were working towards amalgamating with the United Way of South Niagara and the United Way St. Catharines. We are proud to be working collaboratively toward this positive shift to one United Way in Niagara. The benefits to the three United Ways, the organizations we fund, to our donors and our community partners are far reaching and we look forward to working together through the process.

Plans for the amalgamation are moving along very well and as part of the amalgamation process the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie will be hosting a special meeting of the membership to vote on the proposed amalgamation agreement of United Way Niagara Falls & Greater Fort Erie, United Way of South Niagara and United Way St. Catharines & District.

As a member of the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie we would like to invite you to a short presentation on the amalgamation, a question period and to vote on Thursday, March 1st at 5:30pm at the YMCA in Niagara Falls (7150 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls). Please click here to view the Notice of the Special Meeting of the Membership.

A copy of the amalgamation agreement can be found by clicking here.

If you do have any questions regarding the United Way or the amalgamation, please do not hesitate to contact Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Acting Executive Director at

Thank you for your continued supported of the United Way.

For Immediate Release
Jennifer Ferguson

Move aims to fight poverty, build strong communities and help kids through a more regional approach. The United Way currently operates three independent organizations in the Niagara Region – St. Catharines and District, South Niagara, and Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie. Each of the boards for the three organizations has voted to solidify a partnership that will bring them together into one strong United Way for the Niagara Region.

“We believe that creating one organization will have a more positive impact on meeting our goals by creating a stronger organization and having a more unified approach to the services we provide the people and organizations of the Niagara Region,” said Karen Zanutto, president of the United Way South Niagara.

The idea to amalgamate began earlier this year when the three United Ways came together to form a steering committee that was tasked to develop recommendations on how to merge the three organizations. Jeff Klassen, president of the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie, stated: “One strong United Way offers the opportunity to increase our fundraising capacity, our reach in the community and most importantly our impact in the region.”

In 2016/17, the three United Ways combined raised over $5.2 million.

“Poverty does not know boundaries,” said Peter Partridge, president of the United Way of St. Catharines and District, “and a broader vision of a single United Way in the Niagara Region will result in ensuring that funding goes to those most in need”.

The fall campaigns are now underway for all three United Ways. As the organizations move toward amalgamation, each of the United Ways will continue to manage their day-to-day operations, funding requests and allocations. All three boards will also continue with their governance responsibilities.

The next steps in building one United Way for the Niagara Region have begun, with the goal to have the process complete by spring of 2018.


FAQs about UW Amalgamation – Revised Feb 11 2018

UWNFGFE Notice of Special Meeting

United Way Niagara Amalgamation Agreement