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
Build Capacity
Early Childhood Development
The first three years in a child’s life are critical for development and set the stage for future learning and growth. Specifically for children and their caregivers in the first three years.
Success in School
Children and youth who live in poverty are more likely to struggle in school and have poor attendance. In-school supports greatly improve a child’s ability to learn and increases their motivation to attend.
Out of School Programming
When children are not engaged in positive after-school programming and recreational activities they are more likely to engage in risky behaviours. A significant amount of time, approximately 90% in a given year, is spent out of school.
School Readiness
The early years are a time of significant learning and development where the foundation for strong early literacy skills can support an individual's learning outcomes throughout the school years and entire life.
Financial Literacy & Training
By helping improve money management skills and providing convenient access to financial support programs, families are able to get on track and plan for a better future.
Employment Skills & Training
People living in low income are the most vulnerable to employment loss, unemployment and underemployment. They face multiple barriers to finding and retaining employment.
Healthy & Affordable Food
Low income households often have to choose between paying rent, paying bills or buying food. Lack of adequate food can have negative effects on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of an individual.
Quality & Secure Housing
Attaining and maintaining quality, safe and affordable housing is a challenge for many people living in poverty. Shelter is by far the biggest expense for people living with low income, with some people spending 30% or more of their income on housing costs.
Domestic Violence Supports
Leaving an abusive environment can have significant impacts on an individual physically, emotionally, spiritually and economically. People who are experiencing abuse or domestic violence need to be able to access supports immediately.
High Risk Youth Programming
Youth who lack positive mentors and life skills are more likely to engage in criminal activity, gang involvement and are at higher risk of dropping out of school.
Mental Health Supports
Without adequate mental health supports and protocols for early detection in place, people affected by mental illness are at a higher risk of falling into poverty.
Information & Referral
Socially excluded individuals and families are often denied the opportunities available to others. There are many different programs and services available to support those who are most vulnerable, yet many are unaware of these resources.
Capacity Building
Capacity Building enhances the nonprofit sector by working together to understand the issues, identify priorities and seek better solutions to ensure clients receive effective and efficient programs and services from the nonprofits they count on.

Calculate your impact with the online Impact Calculator. 

The Impact Calculator provides supporters with an online tool that easily illustrates the impact of their donations by simply entering in a fundraising goal and dollars raised.


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 monthly


Care Kits given at Homeless Connect


Mike and Treyson's Story

When Mike learned he was going to be a parent, he decided to quit school, find a job and move in with his girlfriend. He was determined to provide for his family and found the Terra Centre. 

“Young dads very much feel judged by the community. Our work is to help them engage in parenthood and show them that they can really make a difference in their children’s lives”, says Karen Mottershead from the Terra Centre.

Mike and his family received help to find housing and quality child care. The Terra Centre has run a program for teen dads since 2000. Last year, it served more than 100 young fathers. The agency provides male support workers for male clients through its Services for Young Dads. It also supplies daily necessities for young families, such as bus tickets, diapers and infant clothing.

Mike lives with his fiancée, his five-year-old son Treyson and his younger child, a daughter named Selena and also volunteers for programs that support young fathers in our community. Do you know what your donation looks like? It looks like Mike and Treyson.


2017 Snapshot

Our 2017 Campaign Success


Message from the Campaign Co-chairs

“Do you know what your donation looks like?” That is the question we asked the community during Campaign 2017. It was an invitation to learn the stories of the thousands of individuals and families who get the support they need from United Way funded programs.

Those stories would end very differently without United Way donors stepping up to give generously. It was an honour to co-chair United Way’s campaign in 2017 and see the community rally to our cause by raising more dollars than ever before.

What a fitting way for Anne Smith, President and CEO of our United Way, to cap off her 35-year career with United Way. You have our heartfelt thanks, Anne, for providing unmatched leadership in the fight against poverty in this region. Thank you to all of the individual and corporate donors, foundations and granting partners who provided outstanding support in 2017. You showed us what true community champions look like!

Carman McNary & Sarah Chan  • 2017 Campaign Co-chairs,  United Way

Carman McNary & Sarah Chan • 2017 Campaign Co-chairs, United Way


Sarah and Carman look back on the highlights of the 2017 Campaign.


$26.6 million

Raised in 2017

$14.7 million

From Individual Donors

$6 million

From Corporate Donors

$1.5 million

From Matching Grants

$4.4 million

From Provincial, Municipal & Organization Grants


$1,500,000 Matched Donation Program

 In celebration of Canada 150, Edmonton Community Foundation generously provided a grant of up to $1.5 million to support United Way’s mission of creating pathways out of poverty.



Ever wonder what your donation looks like?


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


Scorecard Progress

In 2014, United Way released an Impact Scorecard outlining five strategies and specific targets we would work toward achieving together over a three-year timeframe, helping nearly 22,000 people in our community. We are pleased to share final results. 


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.

Goal Exceeded: 2,843 in 2017


GOAL 2: Success in School
With mentors, school lunches, and support for parents we can ensure 1,750 more children succeed in school.

Goal Exceeded: 2,500 in 2017


GOAL 3: Managing Finances
We can help 10,000 people navigate and access their benefits and provide 1,000 women with financial literacy training.

Goal Exceeded: 13,097 in 2017


GOAL 4: Employment
Job skills training would result in 1,000 more people employed in positions that provide a living wage.

Progress: 910 in 2017


GOAL 5: Mental Health
We can ensure that over 5,500 additional community members get the right support for better mental health.

Goal Exceeded: 5,713 in 2017


Thanks to your support, by the end of 2017 we helped 24,243 more people in these five targeted areas. The targets have inspired giving and our efforts in all of the areas will continue.


Donors & Volunteers

Donors & Volunteers


Meet Some of our Donors

I have been so privileged and have had so many champions in my life - it’s important to me to be that champion for other people. As a community, when everyone feels like they have a champion and the resources to be the best they can be, we all benefit.

The supports were there when we needed them and this is our opportunity to give back.

As a family, we’ve always had the philosophy to give back to our community. We grew up with the understanding that if you were blessed with anything a little bit more than your neighbour, you should give some of it back.

Everyone deserves a fair chance at being able to succeed and have a meaningful life. When money, resources, and caring people all arrive at the same place – magical things happen.

Nobody wants to see struggle – It’s never easy to see someone on the street or a child experiencing poverty.

The organizations that United Way supports gave me the opportunity to stand on my own two feet.

United Way is not just about fundraising. It is really about transforming our region so that we see success for everyone - children, teens, adults, seniors and new immigrants looking to create a better life for their children.

I learned through United Way that about one in 10 people in the Alberta Capital Region lives in poverty. If I can help level the playing field, I’m definitely going to do what is within my means.


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 2017. The following organizations were recognized at this year’s Red Tie Gala on February 21, 2017:





Community Program Supporters

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


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 Blue Cross
  • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
  • Brownlee LLP
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Chandos Construction Ltd.
  • CIBC
  • CN Community Fund
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • Finning (Canada)
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • Scotiabank
  • Service Alberta
  • Servus Credit Union
  • Stantec
  • Staples Canada Inc.
  • Suncor Inc.
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • North West Redwater Partnership

  • $200,000+
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Capital Power
  • Dow Canada and MEGlobal Canada
  • RBC Royal Bank & RBC Foundation
  • WorleyParsons Edmonton
  • $300,000+
  • ATB Financial
  • City of Edmonton
  • Don Wheaton Group
  • TD

  • $400,000+
  • Nutrien
  • 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
  • Lisa Colangelo – TD

  • Best Leaders of the Way Campaign
  • Enbridge

  • Small Business Award
  • RGO Office Products Edmonton Ltd.

  • Community Innovation Award
  • Westmount Junior High School

  • New Business Award
  • MK Group of Companies

  • Rising Star
  • University of Alberta

  • Education and Awareness
  • ATB Financial

  • Labour Award of Distinction
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3550
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 474
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta
  • Outstanding Canvasser of the Year
  • Andrew Wheaton - Don Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac

  • Outstanding Committee Member of the Year
  • Ash Chandra - General Bank of Canada

  • Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Public Sector
  • Patrick Humeniuk - Alberta Culture and Tourism
  • Jessica Monk – City of Edmonton

  • Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Private Sector
  • Chris Pullen - PCL Construction
  • Donna Wood - Brock Canada

  • Campaign Committee of the Year
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

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 Office & Professional Employees - Local 491
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • 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
  • Edmonton & District Labour Council
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta
  • International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers LU 110
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local 1722
  • International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 99
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955
  • Millwrights, Machinery Erectors & Maintenance Union local 1460
  • Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local Union 8
  • Unifor
  • Unifor Local 21A - IOL
  • Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 255 G
  • Unifor Local 350
  • Unifor Local 4050
  • Unifor Local 445
  • Unifor Local 501A
  • Unifor Local 530A
  • 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 500 workplace campaigns.

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission
  • ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Enbridge
  • 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
  • Anne Smith, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Glen Anderson
  • Heather Caltagirone
  • Bryan DeNeve
  • John Elford
  • Bruce Fafard
  • Todd Gilchrist
  • Louise Hayes
  • Yasmin Jivraj
  • Gord Johnston
  • Bernie Kollman
  • Fay Orr
  • Joe Rosselli
  • Alan Skoreyko
  • Brian Zrobek
  • 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
  • Jeff 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
  • Barry Wowk
  • Phillip Wong
  • 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
  • Bruce Fafard
  • Deborah Foster
  • Kathie Goldie
  • Darlene Lewis
  • Cori Longo
  • Judy Mayer
  • Garry Pucci

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

  • Danisha Bhaloo
  • Don Gordon
  • Ray Guidinger
  • Carman McNary
  • Corinna Mulyk
  • Wendy Rabel
  • Jess Thomson
  • Tyler Tollefson
  • John Wilson

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

  • Talia Adler Magat
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Danisha Bhaloo
  • Heather Boonstra
  • Rhea Bowman
  • Ron Campbell
  • Kim Chung
  • Jordan Clark Marcichiw
  • Nicola Dakers
  • Monica Das
  • Iman Gatti
  • Don Gordon
  • Brent Guidinger
  • Danny Haines
  • Elizabeth Halpin
  • Michael Hansen
  • Leanne Heuchert
  • Edgar Jackson
  • Will Kunyk
  • Donna Lemieux
  • Ashley Lim
  • Nick Lovejoy
  • Cindy McDonald
  • Karina Murray Boorer
  • Lincoln Nanaquawetung
  • Syeda Naqvi
  • Amanda Nielsen
  • Richard Ouellet
  • Jessica Paterson
  • Tannis Pearson
  • Emma Potter
  • Kristin Raworth
  • Kari Readman
  • Jordan Reiniger
  • Nav Sandhu
  • Shirley Sandul
  • Barb Spencer
  • Melissa St. Dennis
  • Nicole Stogrin
  • Cory Strasbourg
  • Sarah Terlesky
  • Katie Wallbaum
  • Cheryl Whiskeyjack
  • Stephanie Wright

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
  • Carman McNary, Campaign Co-Chair
  • Dr. David Atkinson
  • Angelina Bakshi
  • Cam Barrett
  • Evangeline Berube
  • Gary Bosgoed
  • Michael Brechtel
  • Kirk Byrtus
  • Ione Challborn
  • Lisa Colangelo
  • Andre Corbould
  • Salima Ebrahim
  • Robyn Eeson
  • Bruce Fafard
  • Chris Fowler
  • Lt. Col. Corey Frederickson
  • Tim Grant
  • Ray Guidinger
  • Dean Holloway
  • Scott Janis
  • Ron Jennings
  • Gord Johnston
  • Greg Johnston
  • Cal Jungwirth
  • Ruth Kelly
  • Cathy Kiss
  • Alan Kuysters
  • Anastasia Lim
  • Rob Malli
  • Sharon Mallon
  • Judy Mayer
  • Ian McKinnon
  • Dave Mowat
  • Robin Murray
  • Mike Norton
  • David Oldreive
  • Ray Pisani
  • Tony Prsa
  • Rupi Randhawa
  • Tom Redl
  • Randy Reid
  • Deborah Rhodes
  • Mike Scott
  • Elaine Shannon
  • Rob Smyth
  • Tyler Tollefson
  • Greg Wengreniuk
  • John Wilson
  • Steve Windlinger

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

  • Matthew Pasechnik
  • Cameron Reid
  • Colleen Mahon
  • Jaden Schultz
  • Des Williamson
  • Lara Wiebe

Engaging Our Community

Engaging our Community


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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. Funds raised are invested to provide mentoring, success coaches, child and family therapy, nutrition and lunch programs, as well as before and after school programs. Officially launched on November 7, 2017, Women United aims to raise $2.5 million in the Alberta Capital Region over five years, providing support to more than 400 vulnerable girls in our community.


Make Your Mark on Poverty Youth Symposium

United Way hosted a Youth Symposium on May 25, 2017 at Eastglen School in celebration of the Make Your Mark on Poverty projects which were created during our 75th anniversary year (2016). Twenty local schools raised awareness about poverty through projects ranging from distributing gently used clothing to growing healthy vegetables in a school garden. Three schools entered their projects in the "Lions' Den Challenge", bidding to earn corporate mentorship and extra funding to continue their projects into the next school year.


All in for Youth

This school-based, collaborative model of service delivery 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 first year of implementation, approximately 2,200 students accessed universal supports for overall well-being; 808 children and youth were supported with learning, leadership and recreation opportunities; 206 students received one-on-one mentorship; 131 students and families accessed formal therapy supports; and 557 children, youth and families received short-term success coach intervention.

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United Way welcomed the EndPovertyEdmonton Secretariat staff to its offices to share work space and resources. EndPovertyEdmonton serves as a hub of coordination, communication, evaluation, and advocacy for the community's plan to end poverty. United Way is proud to provide foundational support to this valuable partner. Through the contributions of thousands of Edmontonians, EndPovertyEdmonton developed and now stewards the Road Map of 35 strategic actions that are needed to create a poverty-free community. United Way is currently playing a key role on various Road Map objectives.

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Us and Them Screening

To mark the mid-way point in our 2017 fundraising campaign, on November 9, 2017 United Way hosted a screening of Us and Them, a documentary film exploring the lives of four people experiencing homelessness over 10 years. Following the screening, the audience had an opportunity to ask questions and listen to a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Krista Loughton, Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander and Susan McGee, CEO of Homeward Trust.


2017 Event Highlights


Campaign Kickoff attendees


speaker presentations given


Days of Caring held


Red Tie Gala attendees


volunteers supporting various agencies


people experience Poverty Simulations


Mean Tweets with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson

Rapid Fire Theatre and the Mayor’s office teamed up to launch a new brand of fundraiser on January 11, 2017 which has now become an annual event. Improv actors presented sketches inspired by some of the nastiest content on the Mayor’s social media feed, turning bad vibes into new resources to fight poverty in our region. Funds raised were donated to United Way’s All in for Youth program.


An Evening with Sarah

On September 21, 2017, Campaign Co-chair Sarah Chan welcomed guests to the EPCOR Tower for an evening of music and conversation. Sharing her musical talent on the piano, Sarah also took part in a fireside chat hosted by Edmonton media personality, Carrie Doll. Funds raised went to All in for Youth. The evening was such a success that it will be held again this year.

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Hockey Helps Kids

The Charity Cup Challenge brings together school children from across Edmonton, local charities, and the Edmonton Oilers to work together to engage fans, drive awareness, and raise money for important causes. Westmount Junior High School was paired with Connor McDavid. The students chose our United Way as their charity of choice, raising $10,000.


What People are Saying


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