2016 / 2017 Overview

Working Together

Your gifts come to life through United Way’s collaborative approach. We partner with donors, social service agencies, unions, and universities, to make our collective impact even greater. 

  • 189 agencies
  • 364 programs
  • 10,000+ volunteers
  • 37,000+ donors
  • 574 employee giving campaigns
  • 200+ local unions
  • 8 school districts and 9 post secondary institutions, including 4 universities
  • 3 levels of government including provincial, regional and 26 municipalities

Leveraging your dollars

Combined with our partnerships across the public and private sectors, your gifts make an even bigger impact.

Partnership Stories

You’re giving families a lift

Thanks to you and a special partnership with TransLink, donor-supported programs in our community are now even more accessible. Donated Compass Cards are being converted into transit passes to help children, families and seniors in need get to jobs, medical appointments and programs you support through United Way partner agencies. Compass card donation kiosks are located at Broadway City-Hall, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront on the Canada Line, and at Granville and Stadium stations on the Expo Line. #everypasshelps

Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland and Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, TransLink, drop a Compass Card into a donation kiosk.

An early childhood initiative has Aboriginal families returning home to reclaim their heritage and embrace the future.

You’re helping First Nations and Aboriginal kids

Success By 6 BC is a partnership between United Ways of BC, Credit Unions of BC, the provincial government, and Aboriginal and community leaders, focused on ensuring kids 0 to 6 get a good start in life. Through this partnership your dollars are invested to support the growth and development of children in Aboriginal and First Nations communities. Last year, this included the Xa’xtsa First Nation south of Pemberton, where your support helped open a new early childhood centre in this remote community. The childhood centre is now an important community hub. “If we can do it – a small little village – others can do this,” said Xa’xtsa – Douglas First Nation Councillor Oliver Peters.

You helped. Period.

Periods are a fact of life and feminine hygiene products are expensive, especially for low-income families. This International Women’s Day our labour partners thought outside the tampon box and led a drive to collect feminine hygiene products. An incredible total of 18,473 pads, tampons and other hygiene products were collected to help people in need, donated by the Brothers and Sisters at the Canadian Labour Congress, BC Federation of Labour, CUPE 402, CUPE 1760, HEU, FPSE, IATSE 891, IBEW 213, MoveUP and Unifor, as well as other local organizations. These products were distributed to United Way partner agencies, expanding the wide range of supports you offer women on their paths from poverty to possibility. 

Feminine hygiene products are dropped off at United Way-supported Crabtree Corner.

Graduates of United Way’s Public Policy Institute, 2016

You make grassroots change more effective

Your gifts do more than fund neighbourhood programs and services; they turn frontline staff into community change agents. Every year United Way offers its six-month Public Policy Institute (PPI) program in which mentors like Mike Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia, train leaders in agencies across B.C. to better understand public policy and how to create social change. Deanna Ogle with the Living Wage for Families Campaign credits the Public Policy Institute for helping her navigate from policy proposal to policy implementation. “The Public Policy Institute will help me increase my impact and the impact of the Living Wage for Families Campaign as we continue to advocate for policies that help families make ends meet,” said Deanna. That means your dollars will amplify Deanna’s voice helping even more families.

How the Philanthropists' Circle doubles your impact

Since 2009, a group of dedicated community leaders have committed to matching funds, inspiring philanthropy across all giving levels at a time of urgent need in our community. Known as the Philanthropists’ Circle, these donors match gifts when a donor gives 15% more than the previous year, or when a donor gives for the first time. Through the Philanthropists’ Circle, donors see the number of lives impacted by their gift, doubled! Our thanks to the Philanthropists’ Circle and all those donors who increased or made a first-time gift this year, for helping even more people get the support and services they need.

Donors double their gifts through the Philanthropists’ Circle

Our 2016-17 Campaign Associates

Campaign Associates save donor dollars - and raise millions!

Every year, local organizations and unions generously sponsor or loan individuals to help United Way fund raise. Not only do Campaign Associates save United Way administrative costs, they also each raise an estimated $500,000 each! Campaign Associates in turn receive 16 weeks of professional development, accredited by BCIT. “I was pleasantly surprised by the number of skills I developed including relationship management, teamwork, organization, account management, account analytics and comfort with presentations and public speaking,” said Erin, a City of Surrey employee and 2016 Campaign Associate. Through this unique professional experience Campaign Associates learn about the depth and breadth of United Way supported programs in their own backyards, becoming life-long community ambassadors for the programs that you make possible.

Making sound investments

See how we invested your gifts and the contributions of our partners in our 2016-17 Financials.

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