Focused on Impact

We are focused on impact.

invested in the community impact fund.
Where does it go?
Break the Cycle
Lift People Out
Provide a Safety Net
Early Learning & Development
Children have age appropriate skills and development in the early years. (0-5 years)
Child and Youth Success
Children and youth have the community supports they need to succeed in school.
Financial Stability
Provide people with access to financial literacy education, government benefits and subsidies, asset building and savings programs.
Employment & Basic Security
Individuals have the capacity to obtain and retain employment that provides for basic economic security.
Information & Referral
Individuals and families can access a network of community supports to address their needs.
Comprehensive Mental Health Supports
Individuals and families have access to comprehensive mental health supports.
Basic Needs
People are able to access and maintain their basic needs.
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By the Numbers



Coats donated through Coats for Kids and Families


Kid Kits produced for children of families in need


School Kits given to kids through Tools for School


Home Kits given to newly housed families


Care Kits given at Homeless Connect


Finding a New Path

Emily left home at the age of 16. Struggling to manage life and school, she was ready to drop out.

That’s when a United Way funded success coach at her school reached out to help her chart a different path.

Through counselling, Emily developed new skills and learned how to thrive in her classes and in life. But most importantly, the success coach inspired her to believe in herself.

Emily’s new path was made possible because of United Way donors who love our community.

Emily is now a high school graduate and on the path to fulfilling her dreams. One of those dreams is to give back to her community.

2018 Snapshot

Our 2018 Campaign Success


Message from the Campaign Co-chairs

Sarah Chan • 2018 Campaign Co-chair, United Way

Sarah Chan • 2018 Campaign Co-chair, United Way

Andre Corbould • 2018 Campaign Co-chair, United Way

Andre Corbould • 2018 Campaign Co-chair, United Way

During the 2018 campaign, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region – together with countless volunteers and supporters – showed that poverty is #UNIGNORABLE.  A unique approach, supported by a vibrant custom colour designed by the Pantone Colour Institute, highlighted poverty and many related issues, such as domestic violence, homelessness and high school dropout rates.

Through these efforts, $24 million was raised to support families and individuals struggling in our community. This would not have been possible without the generosity of donors, volunteers, workplaces and foundations throughout the region who showed how much they love their local community by giving back.

It was truly inspiring to see the community join forces and it was an honour to serve as co-chairs in support of these efforts. In 2018 alone, an incredible 283,000 local people got the help they needed to escape or avoid the pitfalls of poverty. We know that if we continue to work together, we can achieve the vision of a poverty-free community where all children can reach their full potential, where all individuals and families can attain independence and financial stability, and where everyone can enjoy a strong sense of well-being and safety.


$24 million

Raised in 2018

$13.7 million

From Individual Donors

$5.4 million

From Corporate Partners

$4.9 million

From Grants, Sponsorships and Foundations


Over this past year, community members across our region joined United Way in helping make local poverty #UNIGNORABLE. 

Thousands of supporters and volunteers took action against poverty by donating their time and resources to the cause. Many also helped raise awareness by using their voice on social media, causing #UNIGNORABLE to trend on Twitter. The community even joined in by cheering on United Way in person and on national television as it participated in the Grey Cup Parade.


United Way’s #UNIGNORABLE campaign drew on a long tradition of art for social change.

United Ways across Canada partnered with the Pantone® Color Institute to create Unignorable — a colour developed specifically to highlight local issues and bring attention to the millions of Canadians impacted by them. The world-renowned artist Malika Favre utilized this colour to shine a light on poverty and its related issues through thought-provoking illustrations.

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#UNIGNORABLE Installation

Artists in the Alberta Capital Region joined in efforts as well. The Unignorable colour was brought to life through two art installations that travelled throughout the Alberta Capital Region. The first was created by local artists Smooth Pursuit and Elemental Interior Design and included educational facts about local issues and the stories of people whose lives were transformed thanks to United Way supporters.


Graffiti Wall

The second was a large graffiti wall created by the Edmonton based artists Real Fresh Canvas Co. and Rust Magic which invited viewers to share why local poverty is #UNIGNORABLE to them.


While the campaign made great strides in bringing the issue of poverty and those affected by it to the forefront, more work remains to be done. That is why United Way is committed to continuing its work to make poverty #UNIGNORABLE and is excited to see what can be accomplished next year with the help of its supporters.




Every step you take to support United Way moves another family further along their pathway out of poverty.


Your Dollars at Work


You are Breaking the Cycle by helping children succeed through their school years.

Highlights in 2018:

  • 6,400 families received early learning and parenting supports

  • 24,000 students participated in healthy development programs

  • 5,000 children participated in nurturing after school programs


You are Lifting People Out by helping individuals and families to build job skills and financial stability.

Highlights in 2018:

  • 4,800 people received help filing their income taxes and accessing benefits

  • 1,400 vulnerable community members received financial literacy training

  • 2,100 individuals got help obtaining and retaining employment

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You are Providing a Safety Net by supporting basic needs and personal well-being.

Highlights in 2018:

  • 68,000 participants accessed healthy meals or food hampers

  • 19,700 individuals facing mental health challenges got counselling

  • 2,500 people who experienced domestic violence received caring supports


Donors & Volunteers

Donors & Volunteers


Meet Some of our Donors

Well, you get people involved in the community and your people just get better than they already are. We all do. I think I’m a better person for my involvement in it.

The United Way gives us the capacity to make an impact on the community and gives us the opportunity to do that.

Through all the educational pieces…I learned everything that United Way does and trying to end poverty is something that I can really get behind, so I wanted to give support.

My dad’s example sent an important message to me at a young age: When people need help, we help them. That’s the house I grew up in.


Awards of Excellence

The Award of Excellence is a recognition award presented to organizations in the Alberta Capital Region that raised more than $1,000,000 in 2018. The following organizations were recognized at this year’s Red Tie Gala on February 21, 2019:





Our Supporters

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Partners play an integral role in the implementation of United Way’s work in the region.


Corporate Supporters

We appreciate the efforts of the companies who help make the Alberta Capital Region a better place to live and work.

  • $100,000+
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Brownlee LLP
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Chandos Construction Ltd.
  • CIBC
  • CN
  • Community & Social Services / Children's Services
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • Finning (Canada)
  • Justics & Solicitor General
  • MK Group of Companies
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Service Alberta
  • Servus Credit Union
  • Stantec
  • Staples Canada Inc.
  • Suncor Inc.

  • $200,000+
  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Capital Power
  • Dow Canada
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • TD Bank Group
  • WorleyParsons Edmonton
  • $300,000+
  • ATB Financial
  • City of Edmonton
  • Don Wheaton Group
  • Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund
  • Nutrien

  • $400,000+
  • Imperial Oil & Unifor Local 21A
  • Shell Canada Limited

  • $500,000+

  • $600,000+
  • Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
  • University of Alberta

  • $1,000,000+
  • Enbridge
  • Provincial Employees’ United Way Campaign

  • $2,000,000+
  • PCL Construction

Awards of Distinction are presented to organizations that generate outstanding results in their workplace and corporate campaigns.

  • George Letki Outstanding Volunteer
  • Ray Guidinger
  • Michael Capus

  • Best Leaders of the Way Campaign
  • Alberta Blue Cross

  • Small Business Award
  • Delcon Development Group Ltd.

  • Education and Awareness
  • City of Edmonton

  • Labour Awards of Distinction
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Regional Office
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta
  • Unifor

  • Funded Partner Campaign of the Year
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area Society

  • Significant Employee Fund
  • Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund
  • Outstanding Committee Member of the Year
  • Hallie Brodie, University of Alberta
  • Robyn Schommer, EPCOR

  • Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Private Sector
  • Abbi Langedahl, Medical Imaging Consultants
  • Derek Cathro, Tetra Tech Canada

  • Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Public Sector
  • Evelyn Ramos & Franck Hakizimana, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Edmonton
  • Jimmy Morrison, Operation Friendship Seniors Society

  • Campaign Committee of the Year, Private Sector
  • Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.

  • Campaign Committee of the Year, Public Sector
  • Alberta Health Services CN Tower

Labour and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region share the goal of making the community a healthy place to live, work and raise a family.

  • Alberta Federation of Labour
  • Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
  • Alberta Workers' Health Centre
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • Canadian Office & Professional Employees - Local 458
  • Canadian Office & Professional Employees - Local 491
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 730
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 30
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3550
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 474
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Regional Office
  • Civic Service Union Local 52
  • Edmonton & District Labour Council
  • General Teamsters Local 362
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local 1722
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 99
  • Unifor
  • Unifor Local 21A - IOL
  • Unifor Local 1947
  • Unifor Local 350
  • Unifor Local 4050
  • Unifor Local 445
  • Unifor Local 530A
  • Unifor Local 777
  • Union No. 52 Benevolent Society
  • UNITE HERE Local 47
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Local 401
  • United Steelworkers Local 1-207

Corporate partners play an integral role in the implementation of United Way’s various engagement programs and events.

Sponsored Campaign Representatives play a crucial role in providing leadership and customer service to more than 400 workplace campaigns.

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
  • Enbridge
  • Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
  • Government of Alberta
  • Imperial Oil & Unifor Local 21A
  • KPMG
  • PCL Construction
  • TD
  • University of Alberta
  • WorleyParsons Edmonton


United Way’s highly-skilled volunteer board determines United Way’s direction, advises employees and takes responsibility for financial decisions and performance.

  • Jane Halford, Chair
  • Robert McGee, Vice Chair
  • Glen Anderson
  • Heather Caltagirone
  • Robert de Guzman
  • Bryan DeNeve
  • John Elford
  • Bruce Fafard
  • Todd Gilchrist
  • Louise Hayes
  • Yasmin Jivraj
  • Gord Johnston
  • Greg Johnston
  • Jamie Pytel
  • Suromitra Sanatani
  • Alan Skoreyko
  • Leon Zupan

Council member volunteers are community and social service sector experts who are responsible for identifying community needs and evaluating programs that receive United Way funding.

  • Krista Allan
  • Chris Astle
  • T.J. Auer
  • Anne Bourassa
  • Jef Bowes
  • Jasmine Brazil
  • Donna Brock
  • Pam Brown
  • Shannon Butler
  • Michael Capus
  • Bree Claude
  • Vicki Cooke
  • Steve Davis
  • Ashli De Jong
  • Cheryl Diebel
  • Alex Draper
  • Judy Ferguson
  • Raelene Finlayson
  • Laurel Fitzsimonds
  • Shannon Fluker
  • Don Gordon
  • Len Grainger
  • Pearl Gregor
  • Marty Hennig
  • Emilia Housch
  • Darcey Huot
  • Reagan Hyde
  • Hailey Jennings
  • Lisa Jensen
  • Nicole Johnston
  • Sal Karmali
  • Vicki Kippen
  • Steven Knight
  • Nancy Laing
  • Adrienne Lubberding
  • Cassandra Lundell
  • Cathy Martin
  • Melanie Nesimiuk
  • Rhonda Nixon
  • Sarah Patterson
  • Pamela Robinson
  • Scott Rodda
  • Brian Sawyer
  • Eric Storey
  • Ron Thieson
  • Lori Tootoosis-Friesen
  • Kalie Van Ree
  • Trevor Vezina
  • Phillip Wong
  • Barry Wowk
  • David Wulkan
  • Elliott Young

These dedicated volunteers provide leadership in attracting major individual donations.

  • Carman McNary
  • Fay Orr
  • Joe Rosselli
  • Roger Swainson
  • Brian Zrobek
  • Leon Zupan

The Labour Participation Committee builds on the long-standing commitment oflabour unionists to support United Way through fundraising and volunteering.

  • Elaine Alt
  • Deborah Foster
  • Darlene Lewis
  • Kathie Goldie
  • Garry Pucci
  • Greg Mady
  • Heather Erlen

These generous speakers inspire others to give at the Leaders of the Way level by sharing their personal experiences and motivation.

  • Cam Barrett
  • Danisha Bhaloo
  • Wendy Rabel

United Way's Community Impact Speaker program allows individuals to share their personal experiences with poverty to provide awareness and inspire social change.

  • Adam Pupp
  • Aly Kamara
  • Amanda Harry
  • Barb Spencer
  • Blake Loates
  • Bonnie Caron
  • Brent Guidinger
  • Cheryl Whiskeyjack
  • Chrystal Henry
  • Cindy McDonald
  • Cindy Yanciw
  • Cory Strasbourg
  • Danisha Bhaloo
  • Danny Haines
  • Della Massey
  • Dennis Rouleau
  • Donna Lemieux
  • Edgar Jackson
  • Elizabeth Eaton
  • Elizabeth Halpin
  • Emma Potter
  • Heather Boonstra
  • Holly Strang
  • Ian Amundson
  • Jean Cremer
  • Jeralee Konschuh
  • Jimmy Morrison
  • Jordan Clark Marcichiw
  • Kari Readman
  • Kristin Raworth
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Leisa Tarr
  • Lincoln Nanaquawetung
  • Liz O'Neill
  • Marla Welk
  • Maureen Calihoo-Ligtvoet
  • Michael Hansen
  • Natalie Steffl
  • Rebecca Sharpe
  • Richard Ouellet
  • Rita Rwigamba
  • Ron Campbell
  • Roohi Dodd
  • Sarah Terlesky
  • Sensetsa Pilane
  • Shirley Sandul
  • Stephanie Wright
  • Suzanne Gross
  • Tannis Pearson
  • Tessa Mulcair
  • Tina Kafka
  • Will Kunyk

The Campaign Cabinet is a roster of more than 40 senior-level leaders from all sectors – business, government, post-secondary and labour - who dedicate themselvesto leading and delivering a successful campaign.

  • Sarah Chan, Campaign Co-Chair
  • Andre Corbould, Campaign Co-Chair
  • Alan Kuysters
  • Anastasia Lim
  • Angelina Bakshi
  • Brad Campbell
  • Cal Jungwirth
  • Cam Barrett
  • Carman McNary
  • Chris Fowler
  • Chris Pullen
  • Colin Lechelt
  • Corinna Mulyk
  • Darlene Bouwsema
  • Dr. David Atkinson
  • David Oldreive
  • Evangeline Berube
  • Gary Bosgoed
  • Gord Johnston
  • Greg Johnston
  • Greg Mady
  • Greg Wengreniuk
  • Ione Challborn
  • Joel White
  • Judy Mayer
  • Kirk Byrtus
  • Lesley Cormack
  • Michael Brechtel
  • Norm Halabi
  • Pierre Bernier
  • Ray Guidinger
  • Ray Pisani
  • Rob Smyth
  • Robin Murray
  • Rupi Randhawa
  • Salima Ebrahim
  • Scott Janis
  • Sharon Mallon
  • Tim Grant
  • Tom Redl
  • Tony Prsa
  • Tyler Tollefson
  • Vanessa Laroquei

United Way volunteers are key to organizational success. Volunteers offer their time, their expertise and, most importantly, their hearts.

  • Joshua Baber
  • Shishir Bhusal
  • Kevin Dhong
  • Matthew Pasechnik
  • Cameron Reid
  • Des Williamson
  • Kaitlyn Williamson
  • Colleen Mahon
  • Lara Wiebe
  • Gurston Dacks
  • Eric Storey
  • Lia Cultraro
  • Judy Yawney

Engaging Our Community

Engaging our Community


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Communities United

Communities United continues to make strides in developing strong partnerships among community groups, local agencies, businesses, schools, and community leagues in the core neighbourhoods of Bannerman, Clareview, Fraser, Hairsine, and Kirkness. Taking a broad approach to promoting youth employment, Communities United organized career fairs at schools, job fairs with employers that are currently hiring, youth employment workshops, free babysitting certification workshops, soccer referee training, and supported youth entrepreneurship.


Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty

Twenty-one schools in the Alberta Capital Region tackled local poverty with project grants from Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty. This United Way initiative is designed to empower and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders in our community. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 had a unique opportunity to learn about poverty in their communities and contribute to projects which included a student breakfast club, collections of warm clothing to donate to people in need, a program to cut down on food waste, construction of a tower of non-perishable items for the food bank, and a street art project to highlight the challenges of homelessness.


Financial Pathways Collaborative

An unprecedented eight financial institutions and three community groups have been working together to provide financial education in the Edmonton region for the last three years. The collaborative trained nearly 100 volunteers from financial institutions to go out into the community and present their financial knowledge through free “Each One, Teach One” financial literacy workshops and information booths. Through this initiative, more than 1,300 individuals were empowered with financial knowledge. 

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The GenNext Initiative is a committee of young professionals from a diverse group of workplaces and professional backgrounds working to inspire their peers to become the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Committee members planned and hosted the first ever GenNext Mixer. The event was a success and sold out with over 100 attendees who learned how they could take action against the #UNIGNORABLE issue of local poverty.


2018 Event Highlights


Campaign Kickoff attendees


Speaker presentations given


Days of Caring held


Red Tie Gala attendees


volunteers supporting various agencies


Poverty simulation participants


All in for Youth

All in for Youth uses a wrap-around approach to support the diverse and complex needs of socially vulnerable children, youth and families in five demonstration schools. The model brings together the expertise of partners from community agencies, school boards, funding organizations and government. During its second year of implementation, approximately 2,100 students accessed universal supports for overall well-being; 921 youth were supported with learning during critical Out of School Time hours, over 900 students were provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks, 824 family members received short term interventions, and 238 students received one-on-one mentorship. 


Women United

Women United’s vision is for the most vulnerable girls in our city to complete high school with pride in themselves, their community and their culture. In the year since the Women United affinity group launched, the commitment and dedication of women in our community has been inspiring. Sarah Chan hosted An Evening with Sarah and Porsche hosted Horsepower and Heels, two key events that brought members and guests of Women United together to share in the experience of learning about at-risk youth and the power to changes lives. Through their efforts 318 girls in three schools targeted for support by Women United received the All in for Youth wrap-around services they need to succeed. 


Community Mental Health Action Plan

The Community Mental Health Action Plan is a partnership of more than 50 organizations working to help all organizations maximize mental health and addiction supports and services. For the first time security and staff working at City Centre Mall were provided mental health and trauma training. The training means that mall security will not only be better equipped to support themselves in understanding their own mental health, but be better at supporting visitors who come through the mall.


What People are Saying


Discover the inspiring words, videos, and posts of community members united in fighting #UNIGNORABLE local poverty. Visit

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