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. Today, the United Way Southern Interior BC serves the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions.

Working with over 70 community partners to solve social issues, each year over 85,000 residents across all regions benefit from United Way investments.

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

Last year, $846,526 was invested locally, allocated to 28 local charities and benefiting 38,747  vulnerable people of all ages in our community.

To achieve these results, the United Way SIBC 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.