Without a doubt each of us will be forever impacted by COVID-19. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes believes that together we can build back stronger and support our most vulnerable and at-risk citizens.
Over $8M has been invested in agency programs since 1986 in the City of Kawartha Lakes. In addition, United Way has invested more than $1 million in community projects since 2005. UWCKL works to promote the independence and growth of local non-profit agencies and through community consultations we can lead in projects to address gaps. This work is driven by local donors who commit to helping people with both immediate and long-term needs.
How did we help our community in 2020 -21?
We assisted agencies with product and funds to reach our most vulnerable citizens in this crisis. As we move into 2021-2022, we will invest in our community in the highest priority area while as always, honouring designated gifts. Here is a quick glance at community investments:
- 100,000 masks were provided by Nanoleaf and came through Prince Edward County United Way, a regional partner. The value of the mask donation for us is $44,284.70. This company donated 100,000 to each of 6 United Ways in our region of Ontario.
- 22 agencies in CKL and Haliburton received Emergency Community Response Funds.
- 7 Agencies received funding through New Horizons for Seniors Program.
- 12,700 lbs of produce (more than doubled last year’s yield of food) which was distributed to 20 agencies, and 3 special pilot projects.
The United Way Board of Directors has prioritized funds for continued emergency support to critical food security programs. These funds will reinforce the current 20 agencies and identified pilot projects that received food from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden this past season. The pandemic response will temporarily delay other granting and the board will monitor all opportunities.
We are in this together and our campaign will continue, please donate today.
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Financial Reporting and Governance
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 – 12% 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 audited financial statements here.