About Us

What is the United Way?

United Way is committed to building a strong and healthy community for all. The role of United Way is to match the resources of the community (the fundraising campaign) to those areas of greatest need. United Way agencies respond to health and social service issues in our community.

What is the United Way NWT and how are you connected to United Way Canada?

United Way NWT is a Northern non-profit registered with the Societies Act of the NWT that works to support other non-profits across the NWT. We strongly believe in supporting our community and in helping to create a sustainable, supportive North for our fellow Northerners.

We are a member of the United Way Canada, however we are our own autonomous organization with our own Board of Directors. All funds raised in the North remain here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the organized capacity of people in the Northwest Territories to care for one another.

We do this through:

  • raising funds and redistributing them through our Community Investment Fund;
  • hosting an annual Days of Caring event; and
  • promoting non-profits that are doing good work in the North.

We’re always looking for other ways to get involved that are within our capacity as a small organization. If you’re interested in partnering with us, please contact us.

Community Impact

Community impact is about achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to the quality of life in Canadian communities, by addressing not just the symptoms of problems but also getting at the root causes. It’s about making fundamental changes to community conditions.

We work hard to do this by searching for and supporting non-profits in the Northwest Territories that are working to alleviate these social problems such as addictions, mental illness, violence, racism, homelessness, poverty, lack of access to traditional culture and other effects of colonialism.

Our Focus Areas

United Way is also a vehicle through which people can donate to other registered charities in the NWT or other parts of Canada. Started as the United Way of Yellowknife in 2001, the United Way has provided funds to support NWT charitable organizations and has recently formalized its NWT wide role by becoming the United Way NWT in 2012.