Entries by Brian Bourke

Tax Time-Preparation is key

As we move into the first few days of the New Year, it’s time to start thinking about your tax return.   As a registered charity, United Way Waterloo Region Communities provides receipts for donation made during the calendar year.      If you’re among our supporters who make donations through payroll deduction, your T4 Slip should state the […]

Poverty is not inevitable

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent […]

December 6: Remember and Act.

It has been almost 30 years since the horrific attack at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where 14 women were murdered.   Just because they were women. This article, from Raise the Hammer provides plenty of information on the issues surrounding violence against women. The Canadian Foundation for Women also has an insightful piece on the number of […]

What you don’t know: United Way in November

You’re forgiven if you think of United Way as an organization you might only hear about during a workplace campaign. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot going on, and not just in our offices.   Out there–in the real world where people are looking for information, and ways they can make a difference. Last month,  November of […]

The real work of United Way-Seeing is Believing

“I was shocked to discover how many people are falling through the cracks…you just assume there’s a system in place for everyone”- Seeing is Believing participant, October 2017   It’s a question we hear quite often.  “How does United Way work?” And we are more than happy to answer it.   Over the years we have […]

10 Reasons to support United Way this season

The period from Mid November through the end of the year is sometimes called “The Giving Season” A recent survey by Imagine Canada indicates more than 60 per cent of people want to make a donation during this time of year.   For many of us, giving now can be a powerful lesson for our kids….appreciating how fortunate they are, […]

Your part in ending homelessness and poverty.

It covers 10 years, and will invest some 40 billion dollars, but the work is just beginning for the National Housing Strategy announced by the Federal government. United Way Centraide Canada played a lead role in consultations on this strategy, backed up by the dozens of United Way agencies across the country, including United Way […]

Mind Your Memes: Research in the Giving Season.

  “People should never be paid if they work for a non profit” “You’re paying your people too much” “None of your donations go where you say ” We are full bore into the holiday season, which now appears to start on November 12th. As we all know, this time of year is crucial for […]

National Philanthropy Day November 15

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, philanthropy is defined as “good will to fellow members of the human race; especially :active effort to promote human welfare” But these days, most of us probably tie the word to a monetary donation. And there might even be a significant number of people who use the word only to describe those […]

Forever Fund Deadline Extended!

We’re giving you some extra time to come up with a great idea.   The deadline to apply for Forever Fund grants has been extended to December 22nd. Grants are generated by an  endowment fund, and used to support programs and initiatives right here in Waterloo Region. We’re focusing on investments which “change the power of poverty” […]