FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2009

United Way Toronto announces $73-million in allocations to the community

Funds will support United Way's frontline agencies and Neighbourhood Strategy initiatives at a time of growing need

TORONTO—United Way Toronto's 2009 allocations to the community will go a long way to provide opportunities for a better life for everyone and will strengthen the social fabric that ties our city together, especially in tough economic times, said United Way President Frances Lankin today.

In her address at United Way Toronto's Annual General Meeting, Lankin said that the 2009 funding to the community will provide stability to a critical network of health and social service agencies across Toronto, as well as support special programs and initiatives particularly in Toronto's inner suburban neighbourhoods – a total of $73-million.

“In a year when it really matters, the people of Toronto demonstrated commitment to their community and to each other,” said Lankin. “Their generosity will ensure stable funding to our frontline agencies and also our programs and initiatives in the inner suburbs, further strengthening our community's resilience as we strive united to build a stronger city for all.”

The 2009 allocations to the community include the following:

  • $73-million invested across Toronto through stable support to United Way's network of health and social service agencies, and special programs and initiatives, particularly in the inner suburbs.
  • $7.6-million distributed to other United Ways, as directed by donors, including Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge, Oakville, Peel, and York Region.
  • $14.3-million distributed to charities other than United Way, as directed by donors.

Despite a shortfall in its 2008 Campaign, United Way will maintain funding for member agencies in 2009 at the same rate as 2008, and will continue to support its commitment to the Neighbourhood Strategy and community partnerships. In order to meet these funding commitments, United Way has suspended some one-time community grants and implemented internal cost-cutting measures.

In 2008, 14.4-percent of United Way's revenue was spent on operating expenses — 11.59-percent on fundraising and 2.79-percent on administration.

Lankin and Robert Harding, United Way's Board of Trustees Chair, highlighted United Way's 2008 accomplishments in the community, supporting its vision of a city where young people have every opportunity for success, newcomers fulfill the promise of their new life in Canada, and all Toronto neighbourhoods are healthy, vibrant places to work, live, and raise a family.

Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

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Media contacts:

Caitlin Stidwill
United Way Toronto
416 777 1444 ex 396
cell: 416-525-5632
cstidwill@uwgt.org

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