Supporting Non Profits Agency Partners Funding Guidelines

As part of our stewardship of financial contributions, United Way of Calgary and Area has a rigorous process in place to ensure the best investment of your funds. An experienced committee of volunteers and employees make funding decisions based on community priorities, specific funding criteria and the latest research and community knowledge.

All registered Canadian charities operating local programs may apply for United Way support. The number of funded programs is determined by the amount of dollars raised in the community.

Funding Guidelines and Criteria

Our investment decisions are made within the framework of 10 basic criteria:

  1. Alignment with United Way focus areas
  2. Addresses policy, systems or institutional change
  3. Engages and mobilizes community
  4. Addresses community need
  5. Applies evidence-based effectiveness
  6. Addresses underlying causes of social issues
  7. Has community support
  8. Demonstrates impact
  9. Exhibits excellence in performance and leadership
  10. Exhibits strong governance


United Way does not fund the following entities, clientele, or in the listed circumstances:

  1. Organizations without Business Identification Numbers (Registered Charitable Numbers)
  2. Formal education
  3. Hospitals
  4. For-profit organizations
  5. Political parties
  6. Religious activities
  7. Capital expenditures
  8. Individuals
  9. Deficit funding

Resources for Agencies Applying for Funding:

Theory of Change

Program Logic Model 

To learn more about the funding guidelines, contact