Frequently Asked Questions
For more than 30 years we have supported a network of partner agencies and programs that are making a difference in our communities. Through individual, employee and corporate giving, United Way empowers Fraser Valley citizens to contribute to lasting, positive change. By working together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.
The annual volunteer-driven workplace campaign raises funds that are invested back into our communities. Through 28 community partners and 24 programs, United Way is at work in every corner of the Fraser Valley, creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.
Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Kent, Harrison, Hope, Yale & Boston Bar.
United Way is an international organization that has its roots in Canada back to 1939. Currently, there more than 100 independent United Ways, with 12 in BC. Each United Way operates locally, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of members of the community they serve.
The needs of our community continue to exceed the resources available. As funding for local agencies and programs cease during challenging financial times, the number of requests for support continues to increase. Without United Way’s assistance, some vital organizations would simply not survive.
We do everything in our power to ensure that of every dollar we raise, as much as possible goes to the community. Last year, our fundraising costs were 15% — By comparison, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers under 35% to be an acceptable costs to revenue ratio. Investing donor dollars wisely is just one measure of accountability.
Note that fundraising costs don’t vary directly with the size of the campaign, so the campaign could double without a material change in fundraising costs. So, more dollars means a lower fundraising cost ratio and more money doing good.
Our commitment to our community is that we will always go one step further to promote transparency and accountability — and to ensure the support of our generous donors goes to those who need it most.
- Responsible fundraising and financial practices
At United Way, we make every effort to be open in our financial practices. In addition to following the standards set by the Canada Revenue Agency, United Way Canada developed its own Transparency, Accountability and Financial Reporting policies, which are intended to ensure the highest degree of transparency and accountability when reporting financial information by member United Way organizations.
- Audited financial statements and reports
Each year an independent accounting firm conducts a full audit of United Way’s finances. Our 2016 Financial statements, as audited by Manning Elliott Chartered Accountants, are available here.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires registered charities to file yearly reports with detailed information about finances and activities. For United Way’s filings going back to 2000, visit the CRA website.
Yes, you can designate some, or all, of your gift to any of the 85,000 registered charities in Canada. United Way charges a one-time fee of $12 per designation for administration costs.
Why give to United Way?
1. Local Impact
The money raised in the Fraser Valley stays in the Fraser Valley, supporting and enriching the lives of your colleagues, customers, friends and neighbours.
2. Giving is Simple
You can give a little each pay, per month or annually. Chose payroll deductions, pre-authorized payments, cheques, cash or credit card gifts to make giving easy and affordable.
3. Your Gift Counts
No matter what the size, your contribution will multiply when invested with others.
4. Low Overhead
United Way Fraser Valley has low overhead with only three full-time, and one part-time, employee. Through the involvement of hundreds of volunteers, United Way is able to keep the fundraising cost to a minimum, providing funding to 25 community partners and fourteen community impact programs.
5. We're Focused on the Future
We are providing solutions that will positively impact our community for years to come. We strive to prevent problems today, rather than fix them later. United Way creates lasting, positive change.
6. You Don't Have to Choose.
Through the United Way, your gift will be distributed within your community to the people who need it most. The United Way acts as your community investment counsellor, investing your donation to create lasting, positive change.
Did You Know?
33900 bus passes
were distributed through 27 partner organizations to
those without the ability to pay for transit within Abbotsford & Mission