Financial Reporting

The United Way takes great care in the stewardship of donor trust and donor dollars. We accomplish this in a number of ways: reporting back to the community regarding fund allocation and distribution; managing operating expenses and minimizing fundraising expenses through the support of volunteers and the solicitation of pro bono services wherever possible. Our year –round fundraising and administration costs fluctuate between 9 – 15% which is well below that of many other agencies and the 35% cost-revenue ratio that the Canada Revenue Agency recommends charities maintain. We are committed to running an efficient organization that ensures as much of every dollar possible is directed back to the community we serve.

There are 77 United Ways across Canada, each of which is a registered charity governed by an autonomous Board of Directors. This Board of Directors is made up of local citizens who are engaged volunteers. In conjunction with the staff and other volunteers, the Board works to build a strong, caring community and responds to a broad range of human needs and programs.
The money that is raised here in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County remains here. All funds are allocated locally to support our community.

Our financial statements are audited annually and presented at our Annual General Meeting. Your United Way is compliant with United Way Canada’s Transparency and Accountability Financial Standards and Canadian accounting standards for not- for- profit organizations.
Want to know more? Check out our CRA Status here and see our UWCKL 2023 Audited F-S (2023).

Board Governance

United Way is powered by people.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is steered and driven by the collective strength, wisdom and energy of its volunteer board of directors.

People, who live here, steer the United Way through transparent and accountable processes ensuring every dollar given is invested back into our community through programs and community development work.

Board of Directors 2024

Co-Executive Directors: Shantal Ingram & Emily Beall

President: Paul Murphy

Past President: Duncan Gallacher

Secretary: Angela Stoner

Treasurer: Don McDonald


  • Michael Giese
  • Aaron Hill
  • Maja Saletto
  • Alison McIntosh
  • Shannon Coates