Don't say it can't be done. Working together, humanity has eradicated smallpox, invented penicillin, brought energy to over 80% of the world's population and put a person on the moon.
But for people who are already experiencing hard times, this can be more difficult for them to overcome.
For some who were previously on solid footing, this economy has presented them with new challenges; unexpected job loss, rising costs and additional pressures that contribute to personal struggles – it all leads to an increase in the number of people requiring help. And that’s where all of us come into the picture.
2015 was another great year – our community stepped up, we rose to the challenge, helping lift people out of poverty and prevent those at risk from falling into it. Because, in the grand scheme of things, we all have to focus on the goal – the impact that our work has on the people who need us. These tough times will pass, and when they do, we’ll need to make sure these individuals are ready and prepared to go – ready to make their own way.
Focused on Impact
No other organization delivers a broader range of solutions. See what programs an average donation supports.
The Impact Calculator was refreshed in 2015 to provide supporters with an improved online tool that could easily illustrate the impact of their donations by simply entering in a fundraising goal and dollars raised.
Tangible solutions we provide for people living in poverty.
coats donated through Coats for Kids and Families.
kid kits produced for children of families in need.
school kits given to students through Tools for School.
computers donated to facilitate "Make Tax Time Pay".
care kits provided through Homeless Connect.
The afternoon they caught up, the old friend was taken aback at her success. “I totally thought we had lost you to drugs way back in grade nine,” she said to Brittany. This stark statement made Brittany reflect. “I wasn't living in reality then; I couldn't see that I was on a destructive path. Not until I was given the chance to turn myself around. I'm lucky that people cared enough to step in when they did.”
Brittany’s path branched with a visit to her school counsellor who pushed her to take part in an EPS/Canadian Forces program, offered by the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (N.E.T.) with funding from United Way. The 14 week paramilitary program was designed to teach youth to be aware of their personal responsibilities and individual abilities. The program helped course-correct teens, like Brittany, when they are making poor choices – choices that can often lead to a life in poverty.
Brittany began to thrive and the instructors noticed. Cracks started showing in their drill-sergeant-veneer when they told her how skillfully she handled the task of leading her group. “When someone you look up to tells you you’re capable of something you never would have imagined, it changes your whole outlook on life,” she says. Brittany carries that faith in her leadership abilities into her studies and work as a student nurse.
“All my life, all I wanted was a career that makes a difference in someone else’s life,” she says, as she thinks about the things that changed hers. “I know I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for United Way. I really just want to be able to help somebody else out, because I know how bad it is to be in an area of your life that you don’t want to be in. I know you can’t always necessarily get out of that alone, and people need to be able to rely on others to help them get to a better place,” says Brittany. “I would love it if I could be that person, to help somebody else get to a better place.”
$385+ million has been raised in our 75 year history, changing the lives of hundreds of thousands.
It quickly became clear that there was also great collective strength behind the cause from many individuals and organizations who held the same belief as me.
Together, we can make significant change in our community for so many. I had the privilege of spending two years in the role of Campaign Chair and, in that time, I was so proud to witness the truly caring and compassionate spirit that exists in the Alberta Capital Region. With every event I attended, I saw people who simply want to make a difference for others, throwing their support behind United Way and its efforts, all in a shared vision toward ending poverty, once and for all.
Raised in 2015
From Individual Donors
From Corporate Donors
From Matching Grants
From Provincial & Municipal Grants
In 2014, United Way released an Impact Scorecard outlining five strategies and specific targets we can work toward achieving together over a three-year timeframe, helping nearly 22,000 people in our community. Based on our targeted investments and impact projections, we're pleased to share progress at the one-year mark.
GOAL 1: The Early Years
By connecting parents with supports to care for their infants and toddlers, we can nearly double the number of children we help get the right start in life.
Progress: 1,200 in 2015
GOAL 2: Success in School
With mentors, school lunches, and support for parents we can ensure 2,000 more children succeed in school.
Results in 2016
GOAL 3: Managing Finances
We can help 10,000 people navigate and access their benefits and provide 1,200 women with financial literacy training.
Progress: 4,200 in 2015
GOAL 4: Employment
Job skills training would result in 1,000 more people employed in positions that provide a living wage.
Results in 2016
GOAL 5: Mental Health
We can ensure that over 5,500 additional community members get the right support for better mental health.
Progress: 2,000 in 2015
Donors & Volunteers
People donated to United Way
Average individual donation
Largest individual donation
This year marks the 56th consecutive year the Edmonton Civic Employees' Charitable Assistance Fund and its more than 9,800 members, representing nine local unions and associations, has contributed to United Way.
Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 569
Alberta Health Services Community Care & Public Health, Association of Management and Non-Union Affiliates
C.E.M.A City of Edmonton Management Association
Unifor, Local 829
Edmonton Fire Fighters Union
Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE, Local 30 (Edmonton Civic Employees)
Alberta Health Services, United Nurses of Alberta, Local 196
Edmonton Police Senior Officers Association
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1007
Cumulatively, this group has invested in excess of 13 million dollars in those 56 years!
Our ultimate goal is to eliminate homelessness, make the world a little brighter for those less fortunate, spread the message to our young that, “there is a future” - and ensure that there is HOPE.
I donate at the Leadership level and my employer matches my donation dollar for dollar, thus creating a bigger impact for the Capital Region, creating pathways out of poverty, looking for long term solutions for an end. Giving comes from the heart.
I have heard countless United Way speakers reveal remarkable accounts of how a singular or tragic event took them to a place they didn’t want to be in their life, and how the efforts or action of a person from a United Way Agency lifted them back to a point where they could change - and be in a better place – spiritually, financially, mentally and physically. I am inspired from hearing the strength gained by those benefactors of a United Way Program; how it was the difference between a life of poverty, isolation or addiction; to one of self-support, freedom, personal victory and the pride in reclaiming their life, of succeeding in personal goals that were inspired by a mentor from the United Way Agency.
I give because I want everyone who needs a mentor, guide, therapist or friend, to have access to one – we all need good friends!
My upbringing was filled with living lessons of compassion in action and I learned that no offering of my time, talents, or resources is too small to have an impact. I support United Way because I want to maximize the reach and power of my contributions and to be part of solutions that are transforming our community.
The Award of Excellence is a recognition award presented to organizations in the Alberta Capital Region that raised more than $1,000,000 in 2015. The following organizations were recognized at this year’s Red Tie Gala on February 25, 2015:
Engaging our Community
Volunteer Hours in 2015
Campaign Kickoff Attendees
Red Tie Gala Attendees
Wild Wagons Showdown
A few selected tweets we especially appreciated from the past year:
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