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How do I donate to United Way Winnipeg?

You can give online—make a one-time gift or become a monthly donor. Your donation will help so many people, right here in Winnipeg, every single day!

You can give through your workplace campaign.

You can call us at 204-477-UWAY if you’d like to give over the phone.

Cheques can be mailed to:
United Way Winnipeg
580 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C7

100% of your donations go right into the community!

How much of my donation to United Way Winnipeg actually goes towards helping people?

All of it. We spend 100% of every dollar of your donation helping people in Winnipeg. Special events and a grant from the Government of Manitoba pay for our fundraising and administration costs.

Does the money I give to United Way stay in Winnipeg?

Yes. Your donation is invested in a network of local nonprofit agencies helping our fellow Winnipeggers when they need it most. Our agencies see over 340,000 visits each year—that means every 90 seconds, someone you may know is helped by your donation to United Way Winnipeg.

Why should I give to United Way Winnipeg?

United Way Winnipeg is the best way to take care of your whole community. Why?

Reach. With a single donation to United Way Winnipeg, you’re supporting 100+ agencies delivering hundreds of programs and services that help thousands of Winnipeg kids and families every day.

Balance. While you may have heard of the larger, more established social agencies in Winnipeg, many smaller nonprofits are doing important and innovative work—and they don’t have the fundraising firepower to fuel that work on their own. By levelling the playing field, United Way Winnipeg’s community fund gives these smaller agencies a chance to grow and reach more vulnerable Winnipeggers.

Stability. Besides government, United Way Winnipeg is the only organization that gives stable, multi-year funding to social service agencies. That lets them plan ahead, pay their staff, focus less on fundraising and more on finding long-term solutions to Winnipeg’s most challenging social issues.

Value. Every dollar you donate to United Way Winnipeg’s annual campaign is invested directly in our community thanks to a long-standing partnership with the government of Manitoba, which provides a grant to support fundraising and operating costs.

Volunteers make sure your donation is doing the most good.

What does United Way Winnipeg do?

Together, we tackle tough challenges in Winnipeg. How do we do it? By creating stability through the community fund, researching to better understand the issues in our community, relying on the skills & insights of volunteers, funding & partnering with the most effective local organizations who create real opportunities, and measuring the results.  Read more on our What We Do page.

Think of us as a social investment advisor who can turn your donation into so much more.

We build up the ability of each agency partner to make an even bigger difference for the people who use their services. Teams of United Way Winnipeg volunteers meet with the agencies to share ideas about making their programs even better, so they can change (and sometimes save) more lives. They ask the questions you would ask if you had time.

We bring together some of the brightest, most passionate people in Winnipeg from all walks of life to gain wisdom from their insights and ideas.

We also run our own programs like Koats for Kids that fill the gaps for people who need a little help in our community.

Not sure which local charities are making the biggest difference? We have 100 agency liaison volunteers who make sure your donation is doing the most it can!

What causes does United Way Winnipeg support?

We focus on improvements in poverty, children’s early years and healthy development, and strong communities. That might mean causes that work to end homelessness, money management skills for people who don’t have much money to work with, healthy snacks and a walking school bus to make sure kids are making it to school, Indigenous-led organizations, or local family resource centres where stressed parents can find help right in their neighbourhoods.

See our 120+ agency partners spread all across Winnipeg.

We bring together government, the private sector, and the nonprofit world to address the root causes of issues in our community.

I’ve heard your CEO makes millions of dollars. Is this true?

No. While we don’t disclose individual salaries for privacy reasons, the salary of our CEO is determined and approved by our volunteer Board of Trustees. Because we receive operational funding from the Province of Manitoba, staff salaries must fall within the normal range for the nonprofit industry. The highest-paid individuals’ salary ranges at Canadian nonprofits are listed on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

United Way Winnipeg is a local organization with ties to United Way Centraide Canada and United Way Worldwide, but the management of those organizations is completely independent of our operations.

Our audited financial statements are published annually on our website.

What’s the best way to help people in Winnipeg?

The best way to make a difference Winnipeg is to donate to United Way Winnipeg. We put your money together with thousands of other Winnipeggers in our community fund, giving sustainable funding to over 100 agencies in Winnipeg. Your donation pooled together with other Winnipeggers makes you a key part of the solution to so many issues in our city.

Why not just give directly to the charity of my choice?

When you give to a charity, they’re grateful for the gift, but they don’t know when the next gift is coming along. That makes it difficult for charities to plan ahead.  Charities need sustained funding. United Way Winnipeg gives over a hundred partner agencies dependable operational funding.

When you give collectively through United Way Winnipeg’s community fund you offer year-after-year support to agencies. You make it possible for service providers on the front lines to worry less about where the next donation is coming from and focus on the critical job of being ready and available when people need help most.

We're committed to building the capacity of the nonprofit community in Winnipeg.

How is United Way Winnipeg led by volunteers?

From strategy to governance, from fundraising to investing donations: United Way Winnipeg is led by volunteers. Among our hundreds of volunteers, we have a volunteer Board of Trustees that guide our decisions; fundraising volunteers who allow us to raise millions cost effectively every year; finance volunteers who audit and approve our budgets; community investment volunteers who steward and invest the millions raised; and agency liaison volunteers who work with the agencies to make sure your donation is making the biggest difference possible.

Volunteers from our community help decide where donations should be invested.

What does United Way Winnipeg do with the money I give?

United Way Winnipeg invests 100% of your donation in programs that help Winnipeggers.

We look for agencies doing critical work for vulnerable people and help them grow stronger and better able to change lives in the neighbourhoods they serve.

Your donation helps in the areas of poverty, homelessness, children’s success in school, keeping families together, and building healthy communities. Employment skills, financial inclusion and education, after school programs, mental health supports for young people, disability supports, mentorship, counselling, neighbourhood safety—it’s a holistic, wrap-around group of services that helps all Winnipeggers.

You can see all our audited financial statements every year in our annual reports.

We offer stable, long-term funding to Winnipeg nonprofits which helps them plan and focus on their work.

What agencies does United Way Winnipeg support?

Here’s a list of our agency partners.  United Way Winnipeg agency partners work in the areas of poverty, homelessness, children’s success in school, keeping families together, and building healthy communities. Employment skills, financial inclusion and education, after school programs, mental health supports for young people, disability supports, mentorship, counselling, neighbourhood safety.

What is the community fund?

When you give to United Way Winnipeg, you’re giving to Winnipeg’s community fund!

Our community fund is made of all the donations we receive, pooled together. Every donation made to it goes right out into our local Winnipeg community to help people.

Giving together helps your donation go further. We can make large grants to our agency partners that are guaranteed for a number of years, so they can plan ahead and focus on delivering the services their community needs.

This smooths the ups and downs of annual giving decisions made by individuals and corporations, providing stability to the network of services.

Was any of my donation used to pay for United Way’s building on Main Street?

United Way Winnipeg is very proud of the fact that absolutely no donations to the annual campaign were ever used for the cost of the new building. United Way Winnipeg’s location at 580 Main Street was made possible thanks to the generous support of a small group of long-time, committed United Way Winnipeg supporters, all three levels of government, and the expertise of organizations such as CentreVenture and Cambrian Credit Union.

No donation is too small when it's pooled into Winnipeg's community fund!

What is the Tomorrow Fund?

United Way Winnipeg’s Tommorow Fund is an endowment fund. Endowment giving is a way for Winnipeggers to leave a lasting legacy to the community. The Tomorrow Fund launched in 1990 in celebration of United Way’s 25th Anniversary. Endowments are donations that are invested. The principal grows, providing for the future, while the interest helps our community today.

No donation is too small when it's pooled into Winnipeg's community fund!

Why does United Way Winnipeg charge $12 per charity to process donations made through United Way to other charities?

United Way Winnipeg is grateful for a Province of Manitoba grant that covers all fundraising and administration costs for funds raised for United Way. However, this grant does not cover the costs of fundraising and administration for donations made to other registered charities through the donor designation service that United Way Winnipeg provides to its donors.

Costs to United Way to process gifts for other charities include:

  • Credit card fees, which can be 3% of the gift
  • Staff costs for:
    • Validating it is a Canadian registered charity and setting it up within our records
    • Recording the donation, processing donor payments, issuing tax receipts
    • Issuing payments (cheques or Electronic Funds Transfers) to the charities either once if the donor paid for the donation upfront, or up to 4 times a year if the donor is paying on a payment plan (such as payroll deduction or monthly credit card)
    • Communicating with the charity to let them know who their donors were (with the donor’s permission)
  • Transaction fees to use software that provides a secure, PCI compliant method for processing credit cards

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