Running a workplace campaign is a great way to enhance your team’s morale while making a difference in your community. Each year, over 60% of our annual fundraising dollars come from local companies and organizations who support United Way through workplace campaigns.

What are the benefits of holding a United Way workplace campaign?

What You Do

  • Recruit an Employee Campaign Coordinator

  • Provide an opportunity for employees to learn about the United Way’s work

  • Arrange for easy payroll deductions through your Human Resources or Payroll department

  • Allow employees to plan and participate in fun fundraising events

How We Help

  • Strategy

    • Developing a customized giving program that works best for your workplace
  • Materials

    • Providing campaign resources such as pledge forms, brochures, and posters
  • Speakers/Agency Tours

    • Booking an agency tour or bringing in speakers from partner agencies – a great way for employees to see the impact of their donations in their communities
  • Support

    • Working closely with an employee campaign coordinator through every phase of the campaign and providing event (fundraiser) support when needed

UWBC Campaign 2021

Strengthening vital connections in your community

The pandemic continues to affect communities across British Columbia. Emergency food providers are still at critical breaking points. Self-isolating seniors continue to face loneliness. Children still face economic barriers to activities and the support they need to thrive. With our partners, United Way British Columbia continues to keep communities strong, while the pandemic effects remain.

To learn about the campaign, read local stories and how you can help, please visit unitedwaysibc.com/vital-connections.

WATCH THE CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Campaign Toolkit

Thank you for volunteering with your organization’s United Way campaign. Your enthusiasm and hard work make a tremendous difference in the lives of people right here in your community.

This toolkit provides information to help you through every step of your campaign. Included are tips, best practices, forms, templates, materials, videos and everything in between. These are all the necessary resources for coordinating a fun, educational and successful Workplace Campaign.

Campaign Training Guide – Click to Download

Good planning is essential for a successful campaign. We have some planning templates and information to help you get your campaign ready and set up for success! Our staff is also happy to offer additional ideas and assistance.

Virtual Campaign Playbook – Click to Download

More and more Workplace Campaigns are going virtual. This useful guide includes helpful tips and tricks for adapting and implementing a virtual or hybrid fundraising campaign.

GenNext Workplace Campaign Guide – Click to Download

Looking to engage the young workers in your organization? Check out our GenNext Workplace Campaign Guide for ideas, best practices and steps on how you can successfully engage your young staff in a United Way GenNext campaign.

Special Events Report – Click to Download

Participation in campaign-related events helps people to connect and establishes a great atmosphere at your workplace all while creating an opportunity for inspiring your colleagues to donate and make a change in our community.

NOTE: To ensure everyone’s health and safety, promote social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are currently reviewing our special events and engagement activities and will be revising them accordingly. Please note that some events and activities may be moved online.


United Way 101 & Campaign Basics

Campaign Strategies & Best Practices

GenNext & GenNext Workplace Campaigns

United Way offers many online and payroll donation options. Below you can download donation forms, learn about online giving and payroll donations and read our Donor Choice Policy.

DONATION FORMS

These forms can be used for a donation of any amount:

Donors who wish to fill out the pledge form electronically must complete the following steps:

  • Download Pledge Form (payroll) or Pledge Form (non-payroll) to your computer
  • Open in Acrobat Reader 7 or higher
  • Fill out the Pledge Form on your computer and save it, then email it to your Employee Campaign Coordinator
  • If you have provided your credit card information, please mail or hand-deliver this form to your Employee Campaign Coordinator


TAX BENEFITS OF GIVING

Tax Benefits
Donations qualify for great tax benefits. See what it costs per pay, after-tax incentives, to make an impact. Use this handy tool to calculate your tax credits.

Tax Incentives

General

24 pay periods per year

26 pay periods per year

Collecting Donations

The employee campaign and special events reports will help you keep track of funds you’ve collected throughout your workplace campaign.

Employee Campaign Report (pdf)

Special Events Report (pdf)

Campaign Posters

Logos

United Way funded agencies and corporate supporters are welcome to use United Way British Columbia’s brandmark in their communication and marketing materials. Our usage guidelines are to be applied consistently to ensure a uniform visual presentation of the United Way brand.

Colour Logo

PNG | for Vector EPS, please contact your campaign manager

Black & White Logo

PNG for Vector EPS, please contact your campaign manager.

Local Love

At United Way, we’re committed to channelling local love in all we do… to igniting the desire in everyone to improve this community we call home.  Use these Local Love graphics to help promote your United Way campaign and inspire local love in your community! Simply right-click on the image to save it to your desktop or folder.

Kids and Youth

Meet Ben, a toddler who was able to develop gross motor and cognitive skills, thanks to you. 

With over 50% of single parents living in poverty and spending more than 30% of their household income on housing, Sarah is not alone in her struggle to support her three young children both financially and emotionally. Her youngest, Ben, is a toddler who needed extra support for his social and emotional development. Sarah was not sure how to provide this help given the financial barriers she was facing, and her struggle to support herself and her other two children emotionally.

Sarah sought assistance through the Childhood Connections’ Nourish Families Initiative initially for food security support. She was connected to a Community Support Worker who was able to provide access to locally made frozen meals. After a few conversations, other supports were suggested including toys and activities from the Early Learning Resources Library, and activity bags for all of Sarah’s children. This extra vital connection with the support worker enabled Ben to learn how to put things in and out of puzzles, how to stand up by himself, and interact with his environment in a positive way. In addition, Ben thrived by participating in Playful Healing, a play therapy program run through Childhood Connections. With these essential supports made accessible through Childhood Connections, Ben has been able to develop his gross motor and cognitive skills and reach developmental milestones.

Ben, his mum, and siblings have benefited immensely from Childhood Connections’ supportive programs, which are powered by donors like you who care about our communities and are passionate about improving the lives of children like Ben and their families.

Food Security 

Your Local Love helps Jaime to have food on her table every day

As a person with mental health issues and few family and friends around, Jaime was struggling financially. She often relied on the support of food banks and other community services to meet her basic needs. Living in isolation during the pandemic, Jaime’s mental health declined greatly and accessing the supports she needed became extremely challenging. Travelling to food banks, drop-ins or other services was beyond what Jaime felt she could manage on a day-to-day basis.

Friends of Friends Clubhouse stepped in to fill this gap and helped Jaime get through this difficult time by delivering prepared lunches, snacks, and warm dinners to her home, which she called “little bags of hope.” The Outreach Program provided meals for Jaime that she could not afford or access otherwise, and social connection that made her feel she was cared for by her community. The support of United Way British Columbia donors gave Jaime the resources and hope she needed to make it through incredibly trying times.

Seniors

You have helped John and Linda to live with dignity

John is an active, fit, “youngish” gentleman, who was diagnosed with dementia and has since experienced cognitive decline. He is constantly at risk of making unsafe choices, so John’s wife, Linda, took on the role of full-time caregiver for her husband. Linda, although lovingly caring for her husband, was struggling to meet his needs and tend to her own well-being.

Linda and John were referred to the Daybreak Program, which runs enriching recreational activities for seniors in a safe environment. Through this program, John participates in various social and physical activities, including chair yoga, crafting projects, trivia games and discussion groups. The program has provided John with a much-needed outlet for his energy, while offering caregiver respite for Linda without having to place John in costly long-term care. Thanks to United Way British Columbia donors, John and Linda continue to enjoy life with dignity.

* All the names are pseudonyms to protect the identities of the individuals.

VIDEO RESOURCES

Visit our YouTube channel regularly to view our newest United Way videos.

United Way Local Love Connects Community (Nedra’s Story)

Youth Futures Education Fund (Jodi’s Story)

Learn more about Impact Fund Initiatives, Projects, and how we help. Click here to download.

Extras to Spice Up Your Campaign

Workplace campaigns are the most successful when they engage and inspire! Get involved and learn more about the great work we are doing in the community by incorporating the following into your workplace campaign.

We’ll help you every step of the way

For more information on workplaces campaigns, please contact our staff in the following regions:

Central Office:
Morgan Brannon
Phone: 236.766.0609
202-1456 St. Paul Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6

North Okanagan Office:
Tracy Williamson
Phone: 250-549-1346
Interior Savings Credit Union building
#200 – 4301 32nd Street,
Vernon, BC V1T 9G8

Trail & District:
Naomi McKimmie
Phone: 250-364-0999
855 Farwell Street,
Trail, BC V1R 3T9

East Kootenay:
Donna Fields
Phone: 778-687-3426
PO Box 657, Cranbrook,
BC  V1C 1A5

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