2022–2023 Annual Report: Inclusive communities powered by inclusive philanthropy

We have a talented and effective team at United Way and on the ground in neighbourhoods. But only with the support of volunteers and donors, including labour partners, are we able to move from intention to impact.

This past year, the indomitable Darryl White, CEO of BMO Financial Group, took up the challenge of chairing our Community Campaign joined by the similarly resolute Paul Bradley, Operating Partner of Northleaf Capital, as Major Individual Giving (MIG) Cabinet Chair. Their committed leadership inspired a dedicated, steadfast and mission-focused group of Cabinet and MIG Cabinet members that encouraged others not just to care, but to act on their own why—be it social justice-oriented, faith-based, economic or other—and to support our mission: United to meet basic needs. United against inequality. United for change.

“In a region with so much opportunity we’ve seen an increase in people living in poverty. That gap has been made larger by the pandemic, by uneven recovery, and by rising inflation. We need to come together to strengthen our region and make progress for a thriving economy, sustainable future and inclusive society. I’m proud to partner with United Way to support the diverse and wide-reaching front-line programs that are making a real difference.”

Darryl White,
CEO, BMO Financial Group

Here are just a few highlights from the campaign trail:

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The Darryl & Cassandra White $1 Million Leadership Challenge Grant that served to leverage support from new donors.

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The Donald K. Johnson Major Gift Challenge Grant, which inspired new major individual gifts to United Way Greater Toronto.

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The Karen Green Legacy Gift of $2 million from a lifelong supporter of United Way and true community champion.

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Close to 600 speaking engagements delivered by 150 United Way volunteers.

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125 Day of Caring projects in community undertaken by enthusiastic corporate account staff members—everything from delivering meals to community gardening initiatives and virtual employment mentoring sessions.

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200+ United Way-facilitated learning activities including interactive learning modules and neighbourhood tours.

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Long-time engagement from the folks at Canso, enjoying 100% campaign participation by staff since the United Way York Region days and with the personal support and leadership of Heather Mason-Wood.

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GetUP go-getters accepted the virtual physical challenge, running, walking, and cycling for 300 minutes and raising almost $300,000 towards United Way’s work—with terrific support from KPMG. But come this fall it is goodbye virtual, with United Way ClimbUP—all 1,776 steps—due to make a comeback October 21 and 22, 2023.

It takes big engagement to have big impact:

0committed workplaces
0generous donors
0dedicated volunteers raising funds and supporting our work

And this has made the following possible:


programs delivered by a network of 300 agencies across 13 service areas


in funding, community services and program support


Partnership and Systems initiatives


community and agency-led Quick Action grants


FOCUS tables


Cluster tables


research publications


research presentations


community leaders engaged in shared policy advocacy


interactions with elected officials to advance policy priorities


community hubs


signatories to a new corporate charter

So that United Way Greater Toronto could reach 2 million people:

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Over 68,000 youth who received support and opportunities to help them achieve their potential.

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Almost 14,000 individuals who received support to improve their employment opportunities and financial security.

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More than 21,000 individuals who received support to live independently in their homes and engage with their communities.

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Nearly 20,500 seniors who received support to connect with others, the community, or needed services.

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Over 58,000 individuals who received support to live free from violence or to reduce the risk of violence.

And invest in the inclusive neighbourhoods
that are our common goal.
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