United Ways across Canada work together as a movement. We have donors who request their annual gift go to their home community. So the donor’s gift is recorded on the books of say Ottawa, Vancouver or Edmonton, but the donation is invested and improving the lives of residents in the Okanagan.
Secondly, we have province-wide initiatives that United Ways undertake in partnership. An illustration is the Better at Home program that helps seniors remain independent and healthy in their home. The United Way of Lower Mainland acts as our lead agency with this provincial initiative, and we support it locally. So this community investment is not captured on our financial statements, but donors can take comfort in knowing that United Way dollars are working to support 810 seniors in their homes in the Okanagan.
Finally, we are fortunate each year to have donors who provide a gift to community in their estate. Occasionally these are large bequests, and so the incoming revenue is recognized in one fiscal year, but the investment takes place at the neighbourhood level over consecutive years.