Resources for current member agencies
Of the more than 200 agencies in United Way Toronto’s network of agencies and programs, 149 are member agencies. As a United Way member agency, you receive core funding—sustainable, long-term financial support that lets you plan ahead and provide ongoing services people can count on now. A number of other opportunities also come with your United Way Toronto membership.
References for agencies in tough times
United Way Toronto has compiled a list of reports, articles and resources on how to deal with today’s economic climate and its impact on social services agencies.
This list of resources will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. If you have additional information that you’d like to share, please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Challenges and Opportunities for Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Sector during Tough Economic Times—The Ontario Trillium Foundation has published a report that communicates the concerns of not for profit agencies across Ontario, as well as their next steps.
- Hard Hit: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Nonprofit Community Social Services in Ontario—Social Planning Toronto has authored two reports that look in to the recession’s dual impact of increased need for services and decreases in funding revenue for the nonprofit sector in Toronto and Ontario.
Articles and guides
- The Conservative Company Group (TCC) has articles and reports dedicated to addressing leadership, organizational sustainability, and evaluation in the nonprofit community during a time of economic instability.
- The Bridgespan Group has put together a resource page that has survey data, recommended books and published articles. All information is from American sources.
- Ontario Nonprofit Network provides a growing list of articles from Canadian and American sources. Publications range from how to manage an agency’s operations in tough financial times to partnerships and collaborations to how to streamline collective resources.
- Shared HR Services Guide—The HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector (HR Council) has created a framework on how a group of agencies can consolidate their resources for professional HR services.
- Tough Time Essentials—Charity Village® has a wealth of articles, guides and links on how to manage a charity during these tough times.
United Way Toronto member agency logo
Please consult the United Way Visual Style Guide (PDF—318 KB) for member agencies. If you have any questions about logo usage, or are uncertain which version of the logo to use, please contact the Senior Marketing Manager at 416-777-1444 ext. 550.
Share your story with United Way Toronto donors
Hearing a personal story gives donors a deeper understanding of where their dollars go, and more inspiration to give generously. In order to join our Speakers Bureau as an Agency Speaker, you must be a staff member, board member, volunteer, or client of a United Way member agency. Ask your agency’s executive director about becoming a United Way Agency Speaker.
Opening your doors to United Way donors is an excellent way to profile your agency. It gives donors a firsthand appreciation of the importance of United Way funding.
Guests might want to observe programs in session, or perhaps meet clients, staff, and volunteers, if appropriate. You’ll need to recruit a tour guide who can share stories about your agency and the challenges facing your clients. Of course, you’ll want to highlight the positive changes in their lives.
For more information, email us or call 416-777-1444 ext. 235.