Funding Priorities

How We Invest In South Eastern Alberta

Here at the United Way we spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to go about investing in our community. It is not an easy question, but we do think it is an important one and worth continual consideration. We feel that our current community investment philosophy is best described in three categories:

  • Poverty To Possibility
  • All That Kids Can Be
  • Healthy People Strong Communities


Poverty is a far-reaching, complex issue. It is also a lasting one. Once in the cycle of poverty, it is extremely difficult to overcome and can continue often continue to affect future generations.

United Way is committed to ensuring access to immediate support for families and individuals.  We invest in numerous programs across South Eastern Alberta to give Albertans the ability to stabilize, avoid or move out of the cycle of poverty.

United Way provides support for programs and services in:

  • Employment and skills development
  • Affordable housing and transportation
  • Food access and community food
  • Emergency shelters access

Priority populations supported by United Way:

  • Homeless people
  • Single parents
  • People with disabilities
  • New immigrants



The focus of healthy people, strong communities works to engage and mobilize residents to take collective action to improve access to and availability of the resources needed to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods. United Way invests in programs that help create neighborhoods that are vibrant, where residents can experience a sense of safety and well-being. We are interested in assisting residents to identify community strengths and leverage resident knowledge, skills and experience to help neighborhoods become stronger.

United Way provides support for programs and services in these areas:

  • Community mental health services
  • Independent living
  • Domestic violence

Priority populations supported by United Way:

  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • Children
  • New immigrants


Children and youth are the future of our communities.

To be successful, independent adults, children and youth need a good start in life, access to early literacy and development programs, positive school experiences during the middle years and to graduate from high school. They also benefit from recreational activities, mentor relationships with adult role models and opportunities to discover and develop their talents and interests.

United Way partners with the local government, the business community, human service organizations and community members to identify, address and alleviate the barriers children and youth face from “cradle to career.”

United Way provides support for programs and services in these areas:

  • After school initiatives
  • Camp, recreation, arts and culture and sports
  • Family nutrition
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Youth leadership development
  • Homework, mentoring and school completion
  • Supportive adult relationships
  • Parent and infant relationships
  • School readiness

Priority populations supported by United Way:

  • Children (ages 0-6)
  • Youth (ages 6-12)
  • Young adults (ages 13-24)
  • Parents and caregivers

In addition all charities that apply to the United Way must meet the following criteria:

Legal Requirements 

  • Be incorporated as a non-profit organization.
  • Be registered as a charity under the Canada Income Tax Act
  • Be located within the boundaries of the United Way South Eastern Alberta and provide services to clients within this area

Board Requirements

  • The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that receive no financial remuneration
  • The agency Board meets at least 8 times per year and operates with a quorum (unless granted an exception)
  • The agency Board make-up is representative of the area programs are offered to clients
  • The duties and responsibilities of the Board are defined in writing

Fiscal/Administration Requirements

  • The agency has an annual independent audit with full reporting of all agency and program expenses and revenues
  • Program expenses and revenues must be clearly separated from the overall agency expense and revenue budget
  • Demonstrate approved financial need while at the same time show a balanced approach to annual budgeting