United Way East Ontario earns top rating from Charity Intelligence


United Way East Ontario has been named one of Canada’s top-performing charities, having earned a 4-star rating from Charity Intelligence. As an independent research organization, Charity Intelligence impartially analyzes the transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency of more than 720 Canadian charities—empowering donors to make informed, intelligent giving decisions.

Our rating puts us in the top 20 per cent of rated Canadian charities, and reflects our efforts to manage donors’ contributions wisely. Whether it’s funds generously donated online, through events, business partnerships, workplaces or more, every donation we receive is put to work in the community where it was raised to help those most in need. 

Understanding our assessment

Charity Intelligence reviews publicly available information on each of the charities it evaluates. This includes everything from audited financial statements to annual reports (here’s ours), tax filings and websites. Each charity is rigorously assessed based on the following factors: 

  • Results reporting: Does the charity openly report its activities and outcomes?
  • Financial transparency: Does the charity make its audited financial statements publicly available?
  • Need for funding: How does the charity’s funding reserves compare to its cost of programming?
  • Cents to the cause: How many cents to the dollar go towards the charity’s programs?
  • Social impact rating: How well does the charity demonstrate the impact of each dollar donated?

We received:

“A” for results reporting

✔+ for financial transparency

Our impact: A few highlights

In 2018-19, United Way East Ontario invested $11m into the community to align with our priority goals and community impact initiatives, helping to change the lives of more than 140,000 people across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties. 

Here’s a snapshot of our impact*: 

  • 26,733 young people were put on the path to succeed in school and life
  • 80% of youth served by United Way-funded addictions programs reduced their use of drugs
  • 1,102 job seekers with disabilities found employment
  • 3,203 people were supported to become more financially independent
  • 62% of seniors who accessed United Way-funded programs reported reduced social isolation

Results like these simply wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and commitment of local donors and partners—people like you, who love where they live and want to make a difference. To see more of our impact from last year, check out our Annual Report. 

* In 2017, the four United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties decided to join forces. Today, we operate as one entity: United Way East Ontario.
As we evolve and increasingly see and seize opportunities to work cross-regionally, more data will become available to report on the local needs and investment outcomes in all of the communities we serve. For this reason, for now, many of the facts and stats on this page are Ottawa-specific as it represents our largest investment footprint.  

Find out more

To see how we’re putting donations to work across our region, view United Way East Ontario’s Charity Intelligence profile. 



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