Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to United Way?

United Way is in the business of changing lives. It is our goal to understand the needs of the most vulnerable people in our community and use both knowledge and resources to help make their lives better through multiple community impact initiatives.


Why should I give directly to United Way of Saskatoon and Area rather than directly to an agency?

It’s about the collective and greater impact. The power of your gift, combined with the gifts of others is far greater than the power of your gift alone.

If you invest in United Way, you support the combined efforts of a network of programs and services, and help solve a range of community-wide challenges related to poverty, and homelessness, inclusion, participation, and access to services.

United Way leverages the dollars invested with us to research and learn about complex social issues and then invest back into the community to make a difference where it matters most.


How many organizations does United Way of Saskatoon and Area support?

United Way invests in community organizations and their delivery of a wide range of services that support highly vulnerable individuals and families. These organizations and services are selected for investment based on the needs and outcomes identified under United Way’s focus areas. Investment is provided through open calls for applications, and funding is available as both annual and multi-year grants.

United Way also actively seeks and identifies opportunities for community investment, based on the knowledge we gain on emerging trends, issues and service gaps from local research, consultations, networks and partnerships.

In 2014-15 we invested $5.2 million directly into our growing community in order to ignite possibility and positively impact lives.


I received an email talking about extravagant salaries and expenses of United Way employees and CEOs. Is this information true?

We’re sorry to hear this email is circulating. It is fictitious.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is governed by a local volunteer board of directors who ensure maximum investment of campaign dollars into our community. Our independently audited financial statements are published each year in our annual report and are available for review on our website.

Additionally, the Canada Revenue Agency requires charities to provide the salary ranges of the most highly paid employees. The salary ranges are posted for the public to view on the CRA website. This link will take you to United Way’s page on the CRA website.


How much of my donation goes to fundraising costs?

20.5%, in 2015 but know that every penny of your donation will go towards Helping Kids be all that they can be, Building Strong Communities; and Moving People from Poverty to Possibility.

Every dollar donated and every dollar spent is accounted for in our independently audited financial statements contained in our annual report (available on our website).


Does organized labour support United Way?

Yes. In fact, organized labour was a founding partner of United Way of Saskatoon and Area. Unions and their members support the United Way Community Campaign by volunteering and contributing to workplace campaigns, writing endorsement letters and promoting United Way efforts. Locals also host many United Way training events and meetings at their offices.


How does United Way protect my privacy?

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is committed to protecting your privacy. We do not sell or trade donor information. We take every step to ensure the confidentiality of your information is maintained. The information you or your employer provides to us is used to help us in our campaign to process and receipt your donation, and respond to any of your information requests. For a full copy of our privacy policy, please visit our website or contact our office by phone at (306) 975-7700.


Why did you stop funding my favorite program?

We have implemented a new Community Investment Strategy in order to evolve from a fundraising organization into a community impact organization. Our goal is to understand the needs of the most vulnerable individuals in our community and use our knowledge and resources to create a better life for everyone.

We take great care in reviewing funding applications and making investment decisions. In cases where United Way has stepped away from providing direct funding, it is often because these organizations are strong and have other sources of funding, or there are emerging needs to be met through different services. Direct funding is only one of a number of ways through which we support community organizations. For example, we offer training opportunities to the non-profit sector.

You can read more about our Community Investment Strategy here.