United Way FAQs

United Way is a worldwide not-for profit movement. Each United Way works locally to raise funds and invest in improving lives in their home communities.

The United Way in the Okanagan has a history of more than 65 years. Over the years the name has evolved as well as the area of service. In 2021, the United Way Southern Interior BC was amalgamated into the United Way British Columbia working with communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland, Central and Northern Vancouver Island.

It’s important to know what is raised in the Central Okanagan region, stays in the Central Okanagan region.

Last year (2020), $1,054,247  was invested locally, funding 28 local charities and changing 36,292 lives.

To achieve these results, the United Way British Columbia relies on donations from individuals, work places, charitable trusts, corporate gifts, sponsorship and fundraising events, further partners who give ideas, volunteer power and in-kind support — all which help to make the Okanagan region stronger.

The United Way’s process for allocating funds to local non-profits is thorough, collaborative and entirely volunteer-driven. Not for profits submit a Community Investment application. Volunteers (Community Impact Teams) review the applications, make site visits and participate in applicant presentations. The volunteers then form a recommendation to the volunteer Board of Directors.

Find lists of all the organizations and specific programs in the Central Okanagan that received allocated funding from United Way Southern Interior BC in the previous year, view the 2019-2020 Community Investments report.